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.

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