Thaddeus Seymour Honored with Gift for Lakeside Neighborhood

Samuel and Karen Seymour honor Thaddeus Seymour ’82HAL ’90H with a gift to support Rollins’ new Lakeside Neighborhood.

Giving back and serving others is a Seymour family tradition. Samuel W. Seymour and Karen Patton Seymour have committed to honoring Sam’s father, the 12th president of Rollins College, Thaddeus Seymour Sr. ’82HAL ’90H, with a $1 million gift for the new Lakeside Neighborhood at Rollins.

“This gift holds special meaning to Rollins because Dr. Seymour was a beloved president of the College who continued to be engaged in our learning community,” says Rollins President Grant Cornwell.

Thad Seymour served as president of Rollins from 1978 to 1990 and continued to teach English at Rollins until his retirement in 2005. He was a treasured member of the greater Orlando community and highly engaged with several community organizations, notably Habitat for Humanity and the Winter Park Public Library.

Rollins’ 12th president, Thaddeus Seymour ’82HAL ’90H. Photo by Scott Cook. Rollins’ 12th president, Thaddeus Seymour ’82HAL ’90H. Photo by Scott Cook.

Seymour passed away on October 26 and is survived by his wife, Polly, who is also esteemed in the Central Florida community for her volunteerism and special support of Winter Park Library’s New Leaf Bookstore.

With their gift, Sam and Karen Seymour are helping the College complete the Lakeside Neighborhood, a highly anticipated new student residence that will open in fall 2020. The addition of the complex will propel Rollins toward the goal of housing 80 percent of full-time undergraduates on campus, which is vital to the student experience and a thriving sense of place. Lakeside Neighborhood will include two dormitories, common public areas and outdoor spaces that encompass a pool and courtyard, an arbor walk, and grassy terraces. Interior spaces will include a student lounge, fitness center, and dining facilities.

A wing in Lakeside Neighborhood—which will be focused on community, health, and well-being—will be named for Thaddeus Seymour.