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George Gordon Seeley


Gender: Male

Date of Birth: June 5, 1920

Date of Death: December 1, 1940

Birth Place: San Diego, CA

Death Place: Tucson, AZ

Laura Larentius of Coffeyville, KS, reports that among the photos she found in her grandmother’s attic there is an 8×10 picture of a child about a year in age. Tucked in the corner of the picture is an undated clipping— presumably they belong together— which reads:


Tucson, Ariz— Two days after George Gordon Seeley, 20, a University of Arizona senior, broke his neck in a diving accident, Senator Carl Hayden nominated him for appointment to the U.S. Naval Academy. For eight months he took hospital treatments, still hoping to fulfill his life-long ambition of attending the Academy. Then Seeley died of complications caused by pneumonia.

Sen. Hayden served as Arizona Senator for 42 years until his retirement in 1969, which is as close as the photo can be dated. If anyone can place George in their family and would like this photo and news article, please contact Ms. Larentius at: llaurent@terraworld.net or l_laurentius@yahoo.com.
Source: SGS Newsletter No. 2001 – 1 (February 2001) Page 5

Update: January 2005:

Carolyn Fairall [fairall@earthlink.net] reported the following:

Information regarding photo of “Unknown Baby” submitted by Laura Larentius of Coffeyville, KS in SGS Newsletter No. 2001 – 1 (February 2001) Page 5, was found in Arizona Death Certificate #407

George Gordon Seeley, b 5 June 1920 San Diego, CA, d 1 Dec 1940 Tucson, Pima Co, AZ due to accident on 28 Apr 1940 in Sabrino Canyon near Tucson, AZ. He was a Student.

Father: George W. Seeley, b Iramirena?, TX
Mother: Catherine Jane Goodbody, b. San Diego, CA
Informant: George W. Seeley, Tucson, AZ

George Gordon Seeley death certificate

Images of Arizona Death Certificates to 1953 are online at http://genealogy.az.gov/

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