William Seaton, Jr., former Washington and Lee quarterback and a member of the school's Athletic Hall of Fame, passed away at the Fidelia Eckherd Living Center in Highlands, N.C., on December 21. Mr. Seaton was 95 years old.
Seaton earned his law degree from Washington and Lee in 1936 and was a 2005 inductee into the W&L Athletic Hall of Fame. He started for the freshman team in 1931 and was the starting quarterback for the varsity squad his final three seasons.
Under his direction, the Generals went from 1-9 overall in 1932, to 4-4-2 in 1933 and 7-3 in 1934. He served as a catalyst for W&L’s 1934 squad, which went 7-3 overall and won the Southern Conference and State Championships. With Seaton under center, the Generals defeated Kentucky and also left schools like Maryland, Virginia Tech, Virginia and South Carolina in their wake. Following the season, Seaton was named to the All-State team and he also received Honorable Mention All-America accolades.
Seaton’s contributions extended beyond the football field as he also competed in boxing, track and baseball, and was Vice-President of the Athletic Council. He was also a member of Phi Beta Kappa, Omicron Delta Kappa and Phi Delta Phi legal fraternity during his time at W&L.
Seaton is survived by his son, William Seaton, III of Eatonton, Ga., and daughters, Ann Norris Seaton Schley of Franklin, N.C., and Marjorie Lynn Seaton of Charleston, W.Va. He is also survived by seven grandchildren and eleven great-grandchildren.
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