Joseph Henry Seipp Jr., an orthodontist who practiced for more than five decades and taught at the University of Maryland School of Dentistry, died of congestive heart failure Nov. 6 at Gilchrist Hospice Care. The Lutherville resident was 88.
Born in Baltimore and raised in the Riverside section of South Baltimore, he was the son of Joseph H. Seipp, a seafood dealer, and his wife, Marie Beatrice Ward. He attended St. Mary Star of the Sea School and was a graduate of St. Charles Seminary in Catonsville. As a young man he worked in his father’s Canton seafood business.
He earned a bachelor’s degree from what is now Loyola University Maryland and another degree from the University of Maryland School of Dentistry.
Dr. Seipp joined the Navy and was stationed aboard the aircraft carrier USS Ticonderoga. He left military service as a lieutenant.
He then earned a master’s degree in orthodontics from the University of Pittsburgh. In 1959, he returned to Baltimore and opened a private practice, specializing in orthodontics.
While interviewing office manager candidates, he met his future wife, DeChanile Logsdon. They worked together in his dental practice,
Dr. Seipp opened offices on Charles Street in Guilford, Frederick Road in Catonsville, Padonia Road in Timonium, Columbia and Annapolis.
“He was delightful to work with and had a wry sense of humor,” said a former associate, Dr. Edwin L. Morris of Kingsville. “He was competent, highly sociable and generous. He had many referrals from other dentists.”
Dr. Seipp was a longtime volunteer at Johns Hopkins Hospital’s Cleft Palate Clinic in East Baltimore.. He was also on the staff of the University of Maryland School of Dentistry, where he donated more than 50 years of service.
“My father had the ability to bend wire because he was an orthodontist,” said a daughter, Danielle Seipp Carroll, of Lutherville. “But he also made jewelry. He made necklaces and spelled out names or created your initials in wire.”
Dr. Seipp had a partial ownership in Ordell Braase’s Flaming Pit restaurant in Timonium. He also was an officer of a nursing home and owned rental properties.
“My father never truly retired after he gave up his offices in 2006. He was on call for doctors who were out of town until this past spring,” said his daughter. “He loved riding on his mowers and this was about the only time he ever sat still. He got up at 5:30 in the morning and just kept going all day. He was also known as a hidden napper. At lunchtime, you would catch him sleeping in his car for 20 minutes.”
Dr. Seipp was a tennis player who competed at the Baltimore Country Club and the Roland Run Club. “Anyone who played tennis was his friend,” said his daughter. “He played until he was 84.”
Dr. Seipp was a contributor to the American Journal of Orthodontics in 1960, writing a chapter of a dental text ,on the jaw joint. He presented papers before the graduate department of the University of Pittsburgh, the pediatrics department of Union Memorial Hospital and the American Association of Orthodontics, Maryland State Dental Association, Baltimore City Dental Society, Middle Atlantic Society, the Medical & Chirurgical Faculty of Maryland and the medical staff of St. Agnes Hospital
Dr. Seipp was a member of the Baltimore Association of Dental Surgeons, the Baltimore City Dental Society, Baltimore County Dental Association, Maryland State Dental Association, American Dental Association, Maryland State Society of Orthodontics, Middle Atlantic Society of Orthodontics and the American Association of Orthodontists.
He was was honored for his work by the Gorgas Odontological Society. He also received the Gerald A. Devlin 1995 Award for distinguished service from the Middle Atlantic Society of Orthodontics and was a member of the Omicron Kappa Upsilon..
A Mass will be offered at 10 a.m. Saturday at Immaculate Conception Roman Catholic Church, 200 Ware Ave. in Towson.
In addition to his wife of 57 years and his daughter, survivors include a son, Joseph H. Seipp III of Fallston; two other daughters, DeChantal Colegrove of Timonium and Charissa Smith of Los Angeles; a brother, Jack Seipp of Bel Air; and 11 grandchildren. Another son, Derek Seipp, died in 2016.