Gertrude “Trudie” Seybold died peacefully at her daughter Patricia’s home in Boothbay, Maine, on March 1, 2018. Trudie had been a longtime Swarthmore resident and had been active in the Planned Parenthood Association, civil rights, and community politics. She was also an active member of the Swarthmore Quaker Monthly Meeting.
Trudie was married to John Warren Seybold for almost 68 years. He predeceased her in 2004 at the age of 88. Her only brother, Webster Blood, also predeceased her. Trudie was 100+1/2 years old at her death.
Trudie and John were founding members of the Swarthmore Co-op. They were involved with the Swarthmore Swim Club from its inception, and insisted that Jewish and black families were welcomed as members.
Trudie grew up in the Detroit area, and in Worcester, Mass. She attended the Bancroft School and was a graduate of Swarthmore College (class of 1939). After raising her children, she earned a Masters in Library Science from Drexel University.
As a teen, she would often travel on business with her uncle, Chet Seymour, who would drop her off in the morning in a new city, and pick her up at the end of the day. She loved exploring new places and learned to love libraries and public transportation.
Trudie and John became Quakers during their college years. The entire family spent 18 months volunteering at the American Friends Service Committee’s Quaker Center in Paris in 1960-1961. Trudie loved the time she spent in Paris. She studied French at the Sorbonne, learned the subway and bus systems, and enjoyed getting to know the city and traveling throughout Europe with her family.
After they returned from Paris, John founded Research on Computers for the Printing and Publishing Industries (ROCAPPI) — the world’s first computer typesetting company. Rocappi headquarters, at 1501 Baltimore Pike, drew a constant stream of visitors from all over the world to see the pioneering work it was doing.
Trudie and John moved to Cherry Hill, N.J., in 1968 after Rocappi was sold to Lehigh Press. They moved back to Rose Valley in 1972, and ran Seybold Publications, a newsletter publishing and consulting firm, first out of their basement in Rose Valley and then on State Street in Media. After John retired in 1989, they moved to the Quadrangle retirement community in Haverford. Trudie moved to Maine to live with her daughter in 2015.
She is survived by her three children: Jonathan (Santa Fe, N.M.), Andrew (Phoenix, Ariz.), and Patricia Seybold (Boothbay, Maine). She is also survived by four grandchildren: Andrew Seybold, Jr. (Kathleen, Ga.), Nancy Seybold (Washington, D.C.), Jesse Breuer (Billerica, Mass.), and Karen Sottile (Happy Valley, Ore.); and three great-grandchildren: Cornelia Seybold, Dorothy Seybold, and Everett Breuer. All of them loved her dearly and loved the time they were able to spend with her.
In lieu of flowers, donations in her memory should be made to: Boothbay Region Health Center, 185 Townsend Ave., Suite R, Boothbay Harbor, ME 04538, or at www.boothbayhealthcare.org. Trudie was instrumental in getting this new community health center up and running.