Published in The Washington Post on Mar. 17, 2017
HARRY D. SEYBERT "Woody" (Age 92)
On March 8, 2017. Born November 19, 1924, in Warren, Pennsylvania. At age 10, his
family moved from Warren, PA to the Washington, DC area.
Woody graduated from Eastern High School in 1943. He was an accomplished
musician and played in several big bands, including Charlie Spivak and Vaughan
He served in the US Army Air Corps during World War II from 1943 to 1946. He played
in military bands, primarily with Tony Cabot in Naples, Italy, and toured with the Glenn
Miller Army Air Corps Band in the European Theater.
Upon completion of his military service, he earned a Bachelor degree in Finance from
George Washington University. Following graduation, he joined John Hancock Mutual
Life in 1949. He qualified as a Chartered Life Underwriter in 1953. For a number of
years, he was the leader in lives for John Hancock and served as Chairman of the
Agents Advisory Committee. He continued with John Hancock until retiring in 1991.
Woody was also recognized for his dedicated volunteer service to the Touchdown Club
and Redskins Alumni Association.
In retirement, he devoted his time to presenting musical programs to senior citizens.
He is survived by his wife, Jean, of 66 years; two children, David Seybert and Mary
Kwong; and two grandchildren.
A memorial service is planned in June.