|All photographs are from our family archives.|
Here are some photos from our archives of Choate Headmaster Seymour St. John taken in 1969. The New York Times outlined his professional life and context in their obituary.
I showed these pictures to a handful of old and close friends who knew him well. I have sprinkled some of their more personal comments to me throughout.
The big question is always, "what is a good life?" If the answer is "having a deep and profound positive impact on people," I would say that Seymour St. John led a good life.
"His birthday was the same as Dad's and they grew up together there on the Choate campus. His father had been headmaster before him. Seymour married us in the Choate Chapel."
"As you know, he was my cousin and he was the most charming man.”
"Seymour looked like a model... I never ever saw him the least bit rumpled."
"Seymour had an ice skating party every winter and would ask me to skate with him. I can't tell you what that was like."
"I loved Seymour and his Springer Spaniel. Later he had a pet otter who followed him around. The otter would periodically go missing as the instrument of many a Choate boys' pranks."
"Your dad caught Seymour perfectly. He looked like that ALL of the time."
|From left to right: Then Choate Headmaster Seymour St. John, his father, George St. John (founding Head of Choate), Poet Robert Frost, and Philanthropist Paul Mellon (who probably paid for the whole shebang).|