SUNNYVALE, CA—Marijean “Jeannie” Seelbach, 63, died Friday, Oct. 28, 2011, at her home in Sunnyvale, California.
A memorial service will be held at a later date.
She was born on Dec. 6, 1947, to David Taylor and the former Marilyn Neil and was raised in Hettick, Illinois.
Mrs. Seelbach graduated from Northwestern High School in Palmyra, Illinois, in 1965 and from Blackburn College in 1968. She earned her PhD degree in mathematics from the University of Wyoming in 1973.
Her 35-year professional career in the defense industry included leadership roles as the first female vice president at ESL, vice president of engineering at Stanford Research Institute, president and CEO of Quakefinder and vice president of business development at Lockheed Martin Space Systems, as well as serving as a staff member of the House Intelligence Committee of the U.S. Congress.
Mr s. S eelbach ser ved on numerous boards, including the San Jose Repertory Theatre, and she was awarded the San Jose YWCA woman of the year in 1995.
She was an avid traveler and adventurist.
Survivors are her husband of 44 years, Gene Seelbach; two brothers, David Taylor of Rockdale, Don Taylor of Chicago, Illinois; and three sisters Esther Powell of Medora, Illinois, Jana Wofford of Carlinville, Illinois, and Linda Schramm of Hettick, Illinois; also, many nieces and nephews.
A permanent scholarship is being set-up to honor Jeannie’s memor y for Foothill College female students majoring in mathematics, science or engineering. Donations may be made to the Foothill-De Anza Foundation, 12345 El Monte Road, Los Altos Hills, CA 94022 or online at www.foundation.fhda.edu. Please write “Jeannie Seelbach Scholarship” on the memo of your check or indicate her name under tribute if making a gift online.