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Wednesday, October 31, 2007

Sidney F. Boutwell, Aug. 9, 2007

  Sidney F. Boutwell, 74, of Eureka Springs, died Aug. 9.

  Sid was originally from Macon, Ga. He graduated from Sidney Lanier High School in Macon, and from Vanderbilt University where he earned masters degrees in history and economics. He remained as Dean of Men and Dean of Students, and served the University for 30 years.

  He is credited with inspiring or implementing many of the mainstays of current Vanderbilt student culture, including the Impact Symposium, student advocacy and volunteerism, and the Sarratt Student Center. He left Vanderbilt in 1984, with his father and ailing mother, for Eureka Springs where he worked in the real estate business.

  In Eureka Springs, he was an elder of the First Presbyterian Church, secretary/treasurer of the Eureka Springs Rotary Club, secretary/treasurer/president/director of the Eureka/Carroll Country Board of Realtors, life member of the multi-million dollar sales club, four-time realtor-of-the-year, treasurer/director of the Eureka Springs Preservation Society and a development supporter of the Boys and Girls Club.

  Boutwell moved to St. Simons Island, Ga. in 2002 where he joined Parker-Kaufman Realtors as a real estate agent, and moved back to Eureka Springs in 2006.

  A memorial service was held in Eureka Springs on Aug. 15 and a graveside service was held on Sept. 25 at Riverside Cemetery in Macon, Ga.

  Boutwell is survived by his first cousins Louise Hertwig Hayes of Pelham, N.Y. and J. Kenneth Bryant of Brunswick, Ga.

Richard Lewis Seaman, Oct. 16, 1943 -- Oct. 26 2007

  Richard Lewis Seaman, known to his friends and family as Dick or Rich, lost his battle with simultaneous liver and kidney failure when his heart gave out at 5:03 p.m., Oct. 26 after three weeks on dialysis at Northwestern Memorial Hospital in Chicago, Ill.

  Dick was a two-time visitor to Eureka Springs where he came to visit his brother, local songwriter, Jon Seaman. He was a lover of the arts and especially music, so he reveled in supporting Jon with his music and got a real thrill seeing him play at May Festival in the Arts in 2002, and was here to support the opening of Jon's music store, Ozarkana Music in 2004.

  Dick was a teacher in the Evanston. Ill. public schools where he lived, and was always generous with his time, spending most of it doing community service work with the Junior Chamber of Commerce, the Sierra Club and numerous others.

  He was always teased about his name but refused to use any other. His friends would comment in private that "Dick has a big mouth, but an even bigger heart." In testimonial to that, Dick bequeathed the bulk of his estate to a boy's camp in the Adirondack Mountains of New York State that he discovered once on vacation.

  Dick was never married and had no children, but was a father figure to thousands of kids of all origins and races during his years as a teacher. He is survived by his brother, Jon and sister Eliza Olsen of Columbus, Ohio.

  Rest in Peace, big brother ... you were always there for me. Jon Seaman

Edwin Reitz, Feb. 27, 1907 -- Oct. 26, 2007

  Edwin Reitz, a resident of Eureka Springs, was born Feb. 27, 1907, in Brookville, Penn., a son of Edwin Allen, Sr. and Elizabeth (Rice) Reitz. He died on Friday, Oct. 26 at the age of 100.

  Reitz was a machinist in the steel industry.

  On Aug. 24, 1926, he married Margaret J. Bruner who preceded him in death. He was also preceded by his parents and seven brothers and sisters.

  He is survived by two daughters, Ellen and husband James White of California and Shirley Dobbs of Eureka Springs; one son, Paul Reitz and wife Dorothy of Pennsylvania; eight grandchildren; 21 great-grandchildren; several great-great grandchildren; several nieces and nephews; and a host of other family and friends.

  There are no services scheduled at this time. Memorial donations may be made to the Holiday Island Fire Department. On-line condolences may be sent to the family at nelsonfuneral.com.