Walter Seward, Alumnus of Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey, died on September 14, 2008. Walter was a member of the Rutgers College Class of 1917.
Born on October 13, 1896, he moved to Vineland, NJ, with his family as a child. While at Rutgers, he lived in the same residence hall as Paul Robeson. As an undergraduate, he worked as the football team's water boy and as a courier for The Home News, delivering copies to newspapers in New York City. After Law school at Harvard, he practiced real estate law, and was still doing legal work part time until past age 100. He drove until age 98. At the time of his death at 111, he was believed to be the fifth oldest man in the world; he was the oldest living graduate of both Rutgers and Harvard Law School. Walter was a fixture at the annual Rutgers reunions since 1919; he headed the parade this past May, riding in the Campus Information Services tour cart. His wife, Florence Gardner Seward, predeceased him in 2000; he is survived by by a son, Jonathan; a daughter, Marymae Louise Henley; and two grandsons, Ethan and Logan.