David Curley Seelbinder

August 11, 1928 - June 28, 2022
David Curley Seelbinder

David Curley Seelbinder, 93, of Hendersonville, NC passed away Tuesday afternoon, June 28, 2022 at the Medical Center at Carolina Village.

A native of Rochester, NY, David was born on August 11, 1928 to the late Frank William and Eva Curley Seelbinder. He was also preceded in death by his wife of 55 years Carolyn Blossom Seelbinder (2008), daughter Susan Louise Seelbinder (1974), and sister Rosemary Seelbinder Jung (2020).

He graduated from Monroe High School in 1946, and immediately joined the US Army proudly serving in Germany during WWII. Upon returning home, he attended the University of Rochester, where he was a member of Sigma Chi fraternity, graduating in 1952 with a BS in Mechanical Engineering.

David had a very successful 33 year career with Eastman Kodak Company. Four patents were issued in his name, and he retired in 1986 as Unit Director of Sensors and Measurements Group, Manufacturing Technology Division.

After retirement, he built his dream home on the shores of Upper Saranac Lake in the Adirondack Mountains of New York, eventually moving to Flat Rock, NC in 1996, then Sarasota, FL in 2010 before returning to Hendersonville in 2019.

David had a passion for playing contract bridge, achieving his ACBL Life Master Certificate in 2019. He also earned membership in Mensa in 2015. He loved to fly sailplanes (gliders), obtaining his pilots license and FAI Silver C Award with the Rochester Soaring Club. He built museum quality wooden boat models, and crewed on sailboat races on Upper Saranac Lake.

He is survived by two sons, John D. Seelbinder of Rochester, NY, and Mark W. Seelbinder and his wife Ellen of Spencerport, NY, his loving companion of 12 years Carol R. Lyons of Hendersonville, NC, sisters Elinor Seelbinder Schuller of Colorado Springs, Colorado and Margaret Seelbinder Reiners of Penfield, NY, and many nieces and nephews.

In lieu of flowers, please consider a donation to The American Legion (mylegion.org), or to the Special Olympics (www.specialolympics.org/get-involved/donate).


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  • July 18, 2022
    John C Bay says:
    I first met David Seelbinder when I worked the summer of 1976 as a COOP student at Eastman Kodak after my sophomore year at RPI. I was immediately impressed by David's calm demeanor, enthusiasm, passion for learning, patient listening skills and brilliant engineering mind. After graduating from RPI, I had the honor of working for David for 5 years. During that time, David mentored and supported me as we embarked on a challenging technology venture - we revolutionized the manufacturing of photographic emulsions from the traditional batch process to a novel continuous manufacturing process. Throughout this project, Dave provided strong leadership and conviction - he never micro-managed, but rather inspired all of us to have the confidence to perform our assigned tasks. As a result of David's influence, support and recommendation, I was accepted into the MIT Sloan School of Management and earn a master's degree in management science, which prepared me to pursue the life of an expatriate in executive level roles for Kodak and subsequently executive roles in other Fortune 25 companies. I will forever be in debt to David for how he shaped my professional development and continuously supported me in my pursuits. David will be missed, however the impact on my life and the lives of many other professionals' lives on. David continuous to be a role model to me in how to support and develop your team.