Christendom mourns the passing of former Athletic Director and Men’s Basketball Coach Robert “Bob” Seale, who passed away in his home on January 9. Seale joyfully served the Christendom community for a number of years — a role that he called “the best job of his life.”

Seale was born in 1934, serving in the U.S. Coast Guard in the 1950s before going into the field of banking for a number of years. He retired as the Vice President and Regional Manager of Trust for Crestar Bank in the greater Washington, D.C., area in 1995 and later pursued his true passion: coaching basketball. He joined Christendom in 1998 as athletic director and coached the men’s basketball team that beat Shenandoah University in 1999. He remained with the school until June of 2002.

According to his obituary, Seale saw his time at Christendom as “the best job of his life…He said that the students, professors and administrative staff enriched his love for the teaching of God.”

He is survived by his wife, Joanne M. Seale and their daughter, Megan K. Davis; his sons by his previous marriage to his wife, Natalie Shannon Seale who died on June 30, 1979, Rev. Robert W. Seale, Jr. and Rev. Daniel S. Seale; and his stepchildren, Maria Cunningham, Thomas McMurray, Angela Steele, Elizabeth Schloemer, Theresa Jennings and Amanda DiLorenzo, the children of Joanne. He was also proud to be the grandfather of 43 grandchildren and 5 great-grandchildren.

In lieu of flowers, he asked that donations be made to the Thomas S. Vander Woude Memorial Athletic Scholarship at Christendom.

Seale will be sorely missed by the entire Christendom community. 

May his soul, and all the souls of the faithful departed, through the mercy of God, rest in peace. Amen. 

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