OBITUARY

Daniel "Dan" Seaman

March 11, 1951December 7, 2020

Daniel Alan Seaman, 69, died Monday, December 7, 2020. Dan was born March 11, 1951 in Elizabeth, NJ to the late Elmer and Jean Stewart Seaman. Upon graduation from UNC-G, he taught at Dudley High School, and then at Weaver Education Center. His heart and passion was dedicated to engaging students in learning, to think critically, to write observationally, and to perform as a part of an ensemble. Dan’s students participated in the NCTC high school theatre festival each fall. Their shows often received “Distinguished Play,’ ‘Outstanding Achievement in Directing,’ and ‘Outstanding Achievement in Ensemble Theatre’ awards. When Dan retired from public schools, the NCTC Board voted unanimously to name the festival’s ensemble award in his honor. A recent effort by former students, fellow teachers, professional colleagues, friends and family has resulted in endowing this award in perpetuity. The family would like to thank all who made this possible. In addition to Dan’s high school career, he taught at Greensboro College for 15 years. Dan directed in the community at CTG, Kernersville Little Theatre, and High Point Community Theatre. He was also a valued member of the choir at St. Andrew’s Episcopal Church. He enjoyed making stained and fused glass with his wife. Dan is survived by his wife, Marion Dail Seaman, son Dail Laurence (Kaitlin), daughter Heather Danielle (Corey), sister Linda Seaman Pike (Gerald), and other family. A celebration of his life will be held Saturday, July 31 at 2 pm at St. Andrew’s Episcopal Church, 2105 W. Market St. Memorials may be made to the endowment of Dan’s NCTC award, www.nctc.org/donate/ensemble, or to the St. Andrew’s music fund.

Services

31 July

A Celebration of Life Service

2:00 pm

Saint Andrews Episcopal Church

2105 W. Market St.
Greensboro, NC

Memories

Daniel "Dan" Seaman

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Allison Allen

December 20, 2020

There are just no words big enough for Sea and the gifts he gave to his family, his friends, and his students. He was the rarest of humans, and, for so many of us, he was the artistic axis around which we turned for many life-altering years.

At the last reunion in January, a group of us sat around and told Sea what he gave to us, what we learned from him, what he meant. I wish I could hear that conversation one more time, because, even in the moment, it was an astonishing testament to the power of One. Unbelievable. Teacher. Careers were made, lives were flat-out saved, people were re-parented, on and on the lists went - all due to his outsized love and his outsized demand that we reach to the farthest edge of our potential and capacity.

I, for one, owe a debt to him which I cannot repay, and there are hundreds tonight who are singing the same tune, I feel certain. Earth is poorer for his going, and heaven richer for his arriving.
To Sir, with love.

Teresa Davidson

December 15, 2020

I am so sorry to hear of Dan’s passing. Dan taught at Dudley when I was a student there, then I later I worked with Marion at Belk. Just one instance to show what a small world it truly is. Please know, Marion, that you and your family are in my prayers. Peace be with you.

Teresa

Emily Pifer Strawn

December 13, 2020

My deepest sympathy to Sea's family and friends. Sea's a part of some of my best memories from my senior year of high school. Under his direction, our company won top honors at the NC Theatre Conference with our production of "Persistent Whispers" and then headed to Arlington, VA for the Southeastern Theatre Conference. It was a very special time and wouldn't have happened without his vision. He will be missed.

LAURA KILMARTIN

December 12, 2020

Marion and Heather, Kathleen and I send our condolences on the loss of Dan. Many happy memories of Girl Scouts family times together. We especially remember when all of you girls got to be extras in a play! I guess that was a Drama Badge?? Dan was a great Dad, always positive and supportive.

Andrea Rorie-Waugh

December 11, 2020

"Never Overlook the Obvious"...I still say that to myself, and now have it as a precious memory of Mr. Seaman...I am so shocked to hear of his passing. May the Lord's Comforting Touch help and keep you from this moment forward!

Scott Muir

December 9, 2020

I was very privileged to have known, worked with and learned from “Mr. Sea” as a Dudley Dreamspinner. He was not only a creative director and educator, but a true community builder. His ensemble-cast model allowed more of us to literally “share the spotlight”, and created a more diverse and collaborative team environment in which all of us could thrive. He always encouraged us to step out of our comfort zone and to discover and explore our talents. He fostered our development both on and off the stage. Much of what I learned from him I still carry with me today.

His quit wit was unmatched and I will continue to hold his memory in the highest regard.

My most heartfelt condolences go out to the family, for your great loss during the holiday season of what has already been the most difficult year of many of our lives.

Godspeed “Sea”!

– Scott Muir

Thornton Edwards

December 9, 2020

Dan was one of the finest people I ever worked with. I remember when Dan and Marion first met - it was so cute! Marion and Dail have many fine memories of a man with an infectious personality and a variety of interests; his work at Weaver Center and elsewhere positively affected countless students - there is no better legacy. - Thornton and Jay

Sean Saari

December 9, 2020

I am so sorry for your loss Marion.
I am happy that I had the opportunity to both work with Dan in recent years, and to have learned under him in Intro to Acting as an Undergraduate. His class helped give me confidence in working with large groups of people, and presenting before such groups as well. I know a number of his students thought highly of him too. He will be missed, and may he rest in peace.

Sheri Kenan Fording

December 9, 2020

My memory of Sea is one that is more an overall feeling he gave to all of us that ever worked or learned from him. He told me once that his job as a teacher was to make sure every one of his students had "that moment" when they found who they really are. How much more of anyone in education or theater can you ask of than that. It meant the world to me to have him influence my life that way not just in school but long after. The world is a lesser place without that soul.

Susan DelVecchio

December 9, 2020

Marion and family,
Please accept my condolences on your loss. The outpouring of love from his former students is impressive-but when I think of him, not surprising. He made his life a gift to others.

FROM THE FAMILY