KU News Release


March 15, 2011
Contact: Jill Jess, University Relations, 785-864-8858

University community mourns Jim Seaver

Jim Seaver

LAWRENCE — University of Kansas Chancellor Bernadette Gray-Little and Janet Campbell, director of Kansas Public Radio, issued the following statements today regarding the death of Jim Seaver, professor emeritus and host of one of the longest-running radio shows in history.

Gray-Little: “On behalf of the entire KU community, I thank Jim Seaver for his dedication to illuminating culture for generations of people who listened on the radio and who worked with him in classrooms studying western civilization and ancient history. I also offer sincere condolences to his family, loved ones and colleagues. He will be missed.”

Campbell: “Jim Seaver was the epitome of a gentleman, with a passion for life like I have never seen. When talking with him, even if you weren’t an opera fan, you walked away a devotee as he just exuded with joy when talking opera.”

Seaver died Monday, March 14, at Lawrence Memorial Hospital. He was 92.

He began his opera program “Opera Is My Hobby” on Sept. 19, 1952, just four days after KANU-FM (now Kansas Public Radio) first signed on the air. Seaver was an expert on opera and Greek and Roman history. He taught western civilization and ancient history at KU for decades. He retired in the late 1980s, but continued to fill in for colleagues for many years and, until this week, continued to produce his radio show as a volunteer.

Funeral arrangements are pending.


The University of Kansas is a major comprehensive research and teaching university. University Relations is the central public relations office for KU's Lawrence campus.

kunews@ku.edu | (785) 864-3256 | 1314 Jayhawk Blvd., Lawrence, KS 66045

KU Today

Subscribe to our daily newsletter covering research, academics, media coverage, campus news, events & more. Subscribe

Connect

Contact

Related


The University of Kansas prohibits discrimination on the basis of race, color, ethnicity, religion, sex, national origin, age, ancestry, disability, status as a veteran, sexual orientation, marital status, parental status, gender identity, gender expression, and genetic information in the university’s programs and activities. Retaliation is also prohibited by university policy. The following persons have been designated to handle inquiries regarding the nondiscrimination policies and are the Title IX coordinators for their respective campuses: Executive Director of the Office of Institutional Opportunity & Access, IOA@ku.edu, 1246 West Campus Road, Room 153A, Lawrence, KS 66045, 785-864-6414, 711 TTY (for the Lawrence, Edwards, Parsons, Yoder, and Topeka campuses); Director, Equal Opportunity Office, Mail Stop 7004, 4330 Shawnee Mission Parkway, Fairway, KS 66205, 913-588-8011, 711 TTY (for the Wichita, Salina, and Kansas City, Kansas, medical center campuses).