Florence Seldin | Cape Cod Chronicle

Florence Seldin, 91, of Chatham, died on April 6 after a brief illness.
Florence was born in Brooklyn, NY, the eldest of three siblings, Esta Salzhauer of New Jersey and Irving. Florence was educated at Brooklyn College and elected Phi Beta Kappa. She got her doctorate. in Education at the University of Rochester. She served as an elementary school principal and assistant superintendent in Pittsford, NY. During those years, she and her husband, Ira, raised their son, Dr. David Seldin, who predeceased them, and their daughter, Judi Seldin, of Needham. From 1988 to 1992, Florence served as Superintendent of Schools at Harvard. Florence and Ira moved to Chatham in 1994.
Florence was an activist through and through. Her favorite bumper sticker reads “Democracy is not a spectator sport” and she lived it every day. In the 1970s, while serving as a school administrator in New York, she served on a state commission to investigate discrimination against women. In Cape Town, she championed affordable housing. Always remembering her mother’s encouragement to vote, she joined the League of Women Voters of Cape Cod and served as president from 1997 to 2000. Dr Seldin served on Chatham’s nominating board from 2009 to 2015 and served as president during three years. She was vice-chair of the city’s finance committee. Florence believed that every vote counted. She protested and marched, moderated candidate debates, and was an accomplished public servant.
Florence was the pillar of her family, a constant source of wisdom and meaningful conversation. She adored her five grandchildren, Stephanie, Maggie, Diana, Benjamin and Emma and her stepdaughter Libby Hohmann. Holiday gatherings were especially lively when Esta, Shari, Evan, Bethany, Farny and Abbe were in attendance. Chatham turkey trots and Passover roleplays were family favorites. She had an unwavering curiosity and a unique ability to connect with everyone she met.
Florence’s life will be celebrated on Saturday, April 23 at the Chatham Community Center from 2-4 p.m. In lieu of flowers, please consider donating to the League of Women Voters of Cape Cod or the David C. Seldin Amyloid Research Training Fund at Boston University Medical Center. (PC: Edouard Boches)

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