Seymour Keitlen

October 26, 1930June 3, 2018

KEITLEN, SEYMOUR, MD, 87, passed away Sunday, June 3, 2018. He was born in Jersey City, NJ, the son of the late William and Nette (Bloomberg) Keitlen. He was preceded by his 3 brothers and 2 sisters.

Seymour studied at Rutgers University and received a Master’s of Science in Philosophy from Columbia University in 1962. He was a decorated Korean War veteran in the Army's 13th Infantry (Medical Corp). In 1955, he was decorated with the National Defense Service Medal and honorably discharged.

Seymour, on the GI bill, received his MD from the University of Geneva in 1961. Post-graduation he was the Chief of Psychiatry at Long Island Jewish-Hillside Medical Center. He also maintained a private practice and taught at S.U.N.Y at Stonybrook. He was previously married to Liane Keitlen (FL), the mother of his 3 daughters.

He was a self-taught artist, specializing in oil painting, with styles ranging from still lifes, nudes, landscapes, portraits, and abstracts. Seymour was fluent in 5 languages, an accomplished author of 6 books, a paid translator, and over the course of his life lived all over Europe, Mexico, and the United States.

He is survived by his daughters Julia Lombardo, Jessica Keitlen, and Laura Keitlen (Susan Baumes).

Funeral services will be held Thursday, June 7th at 12:30 PM at Sugarman-Sinai Memorial Chapel, 458 Hope St, Providence with burial in RI Veterans' Cemetery, Exeter. In lieu of flowers, contributions in his memory may be made to St. Elizabeth's Community, 2364 Post Rd, Suite #100, Warwick, RI 02886 or to the animal charity of your choice. Shiva will be held at the home of Laura Keitlen and Susan Baumes, Thursday 4-7 PM and Friday 2-6 PM.


  • Funeral Service Thursday, June 7, 2018

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Julia Lombardo

June 6, 2018

Dad used to buy "Cue" magazine when I was a kid. It was the cultural arts magazine of New York. Once a year they published a list of the top 25 albums for the year. He would bring me to Sam Goody and he would purchase every album. We spent the rest of the weekend listening to all the greatest hits. Untill recently all his letters, and now emails to me would always be encrypted with lyrics from those songs. "Hello pussycat" I've had a "Hard days Night" Somehow he always found a lyric to express his state of mind. Right now he is with "Lucy in the skies with diamonds"

Jessy Keitlen

June 5, 2018

For the past 12 years, ever since my Dad returned from Mexico and settled in Providence, every Christmas I would come and stay with him for about a week in his apartment on Benefit St. I looked forward to that every year. We would just relax and hang out- never any pressure to do anything in particular. We would chat, read, nap, watch movies, listen to music, take goofy selfies, etc. It was our alone time to catch up, bond, and just chit chat. We always had a lot of fun together. He was a great listener, taking a sincere interest in whatever I shared no matter what the topic, and would continue to bring it up for the rest of the year. I will especially miss his sense of humor. He was very witty and perpetually joking around.

Dad was also very affectionate. When I would arrive, he would greet me at the door with his arms outstretched, ready for a big hug - so sweet! And throughout my life, if ever beside him, he would reach out to gently grasp my hand. I loved those moments. I will miss them!

Raylene Cole

June 5, 2018

Seymour's presence, wit and art have been and will continue to be
missed at St. Elizabeth's Court.

Bette Lyons

June 5, 2018

I met Seymour in 1975--He was the MD Unit Director ,and I was the Nursing Coordinator on his unit. In the beginning I admired his incredibly clever sense of humor. He was a marvelous teacher---After working with him for several months I invited Sy and Lianne to a dinner at a restaurant in NYC. We spent many hours dining, and unable to get home as the garage had closed--We 4 checked into a hotel room (one) for the four of us, and we laughed all night. We grew into fast and intimate friends spending many wonderful times
together--and enjoyed each others company--and families for many years. It is hard for me to conceive of a world without Seymour somewhere-painting--listening to music--treating patients--traveling--laughing--He was a Renaissance man and I adored him.

Patricia Skelton

June 5, 2018

My fondest memories of him go back from my years of friendship I have had with his daughter Julia. As a child I would visit Julia on a regular basis in their home in Brooklyn & always enjoyed the art work. My memories of him were seeing him paint while listening to music.
Patricia Skelton

Laura Keitlen

June 4, 2018

I remember sharing his 87th Birthday with a dear childhood friend Roy Hoffman and his kids. Dad hadn't been around small children in quite some time. The three of them were boisterous and laughing, screaming like kids do. I thought it may be too much for him, but on the contrary. He just sat there smiling, completely enchanted with them. When I drove him home later that evening he told me how grateful he was that I put together our little Birthday celebration and how wonderful it was to spend time with Roy and his beautiful children. It was very touching.