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Robert P. Seward, 80, insurance executive


Robert P. Seward, an insurance executive and horseman, died Wednesday of heart and lung failure at the University of Maryland Medical Center. The Baltimore native and Monkton resident was 80.

He owned Employee Planned Services, a company he started in the 1970s that supplies disability insurance to teachers. Earlier he worked for Connecticut Mutual Insurance Co., Equitable Life Assurance Society of the United States and USF&G; for which he was a district supervisor in Chicago.

He began riding as a child, winning awards on his pony, Black Twig, and being named Maryland Boy of the Year in 1933.

At City College, he won a Maryland Scholastic Association wrestling championship in 1942. He also boxed at the YMCA.

He joined the Army in 1943, and was awarded a Purple Heart after being wounded by shrapnel in the Battle of the Bulge.

He was a descendant of Dr. Benjamin Rush, a signer of the Declaration of Independence.

Mr. Seward hunted with the Elkridge Harford Hunt Club. He bred and raised horses that ran in flat races. His winners included Our Holiday, Amateur Hour, Sudanese, Outa D Question and Presto Presto.

Services will be held at 1 p.m. today at Ruck Towson Funeral Home, 1050 York Road.

He is survived by his wife, the former Doris R. Ripple; two $H daughters, Mary Ellen McLewee of Timonium and Melinda Lecrone of Stewartstown, Pa.; three sons, Robert Bartlett Seward of Parkville, Benjamin Rush Seward of Glen Rock, Pa., and Bruce Powel Seward of Perry Hall; a stepson, Eric Carl Herrmann of Shrewsbury, Pa.; a stepdaughter, Suzanne Marie Herrmann of Atlanta; two sisters, Eleanor Stewart and Edith Woelper, both of Monkton; and 16 grandchildren.

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