Michael Sevareid

Michael Sevareid

Michael Sevareid, 73, of Mount Joy, died on Sunday, August 4 at Johns Hopkins Hospital in Baltimore, Md., after a courageous seven-year battle with Stage IV pulmonary cancer. Born in Paris, France, he was a son of the late Eric and Lois (Finger) Sevareid.

Sevareid had a lifetime full of accomplishments and adventures in the entertainment industry. He acted in Hollywood and on Broadway in his 20s and, in 1971, he played Cpl. Bill Wembley in "Raid on Rommel," a film which starred Welsh actor Richard Burton. As a screenwriter, Sevareid contributed to episodes of 1980s television series' "The Dukes of Hazzard" and "Fantasy Island," and he produced the 1983 film "Happy Endings." He worked for CBS from 1970 to 1979 as a program executive for notable shows such as "All In The Family," and later as director of miniseries. From 1979 to 1981, he served as the vice president of production for MGM Films, Inc.

A well-educated individual, Sevareid earned a B.A. from Middlebury College in 1966 and an M.A. from Central Missouri State University in 1992. He also studied drama in London and received an A.B.T from the University of Minnesota in 1968.

In 1990, Sevareid became a professor at Elizabethtown College, which he has described as his most gratifying work. During his tenure, he taught in the communications and theatre departments. Most notably, he spearheaded a theatre minor in 1993 followed by a theatre major in 2002. Sevareid also served as artistic director at the Ephrata Performing Arts Center. Following his retirement as associate professor of theatre in 2007, he performed locally at Gretna Theatre, Hershey Area Playhouse, Theatre of the Seventh Sister and Ephrata Performing Arts Center.

Sevareid is survived by his twin brother, Peter, husband of Alice Sevareid, of Swarthmore; half-sister, Cristina Vershel, of Atlanta, Ga.; daughter Tara of Marietta and sons Matthew and Colin, both of Los Angeles, Calif., children of first wife Jacqueline Sevareid, of Los Angeles, Calif.; son Eric and daughter Alexandra of Mount Joy, children of second wife, the late Jill Reed of Elizabethtown; three grandchildren; and his companion, Julie Strickland, of Mount Joy.

A Memorial Service honoring Michael's life will be held on Saturday, August 31 at 2 p.m. in the Leffler Chapel at Elizabethtown College. Family and friends will be received after the service in the Tempest Theatre on campus. Interment will be private.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions in his name can be made to the Professor Michael Sevareid Scholarship, c/o Elizabethtown College Development Office, One Alpha Drive, Elizabethtown, Pa., 17022.

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