SMSU Spanish professor remembered

MARSHALL – A longtime Southwest Minnesota State University Spanish professor has died. Elise Seymour died Nov. 29, at the age of 74 in Brookings, S.D., after a lengthy illness.

Seymour started in 1990 at Southwest State as a language professor, primarily in Spanish but she also, at times, taught French. She taught in Marshall for 15 years before retiring in 2005. Prior to working at SMSU, Seymour served as an adjunct professor of Spanish at South Dakota State University at varying times from 1981 to 1990. The family home was maintained in Brookings, S.D., with Seymour commuting back home on weekends.

Seymour was well-regarded at the university.

“Seymour was a popular and very well thought of professor, both by her students and her colleagues,” said Yvonne Kumerow of Marshall. “She made many friends in the Marshall area.”

Kumerow was one of Seymour’s first students.

“I was in the first class she taught,” Kumerow said. “We were very close to the same age. Over the years we became very close friends. She was a very nice person.”

Retired SMSU German professor Lloyd White was one of Seymour’s colleagues and noted her teaching skills.

“She was the best foreign language teacher I’ve ever observed,” he said. “She was one of the best teachers I’ve ever known. She really cared for her students.”

A memorial service for Seymour will be at 4 p.m. Wednesday at the Campus Religious Center at Southwest Minnesota State University.