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Memorial service for Sevin is Oct. 1 in Benton Chapel

Posted on Thursday, Sep. 20, 2012 — 4:31 PM

Dieter Sevin (Vanderbilt University)

Dieter Sevin (Vanderbilt University)

A campus memorial service for Dieter Sevin, professor of German and former chair of the Department of Germanic and Slavic Languages, is scheduled for 4 p.m. Monday, Oct. 1, in Vanderbilt’s Benton Chapel. Sevin died July 29 after a nearly yearlong battle with cancer. He was 73.

A specialist in language pedagogy and the literature of the former East Germany, Sevin taught German language and literature at Vanderbilt for more than 44 years. He also served as director in residence of the Vanderbilt-in-Germany study abroad program several times during his tenure.

He is survived by his wife, Ingrid Sevin; daughters Sonja Sevin and Karen Bryan; son-in-law Charlie Bryan; granddaughters Caroline and Anna Bryan; brother Dr. Bernd-Uwe Sevin; and several nieces and nephews.

A previous memorial service was held Aug. 5 in Nashville, with burial at Harpeth Hills Memorial Gardens.

Memorial donations may be made to: The Dieter and Ingrid Sevin Undergraduate Research Fund, Vanderbilt University, Gift Processing Office, PMB 407727, 2301 Vanderbilt Place, Nashville, TN 37240-7727. Contributions will enable students to pursue various kinds of international study, an experience close to Sevin’s heart.

Contact: Mike Zimmerman, (615) 322-2457
mike.zimmerman@vanderbilt.edu


  • Virginia Scott

    We miss his cheerful smile and generous spirit. Furman Hall is not the same without Dieter!