Lillian Seitsive, the longtime Northridge physician whose ties to Cal State Northridge date back to the founding of the university, died at the age of 98 on Saturday, Sept. 25, after a long illness. Services were held on Wednesday, Sept. 29, in Mission Hills.
Along with daughter Madeline Taft, grandchildren and great-grandchildren, Seitsive is survived by CSUN's Center for Health Ethics and Policy Director Miriam Cotler, widow of the late Dr. Robert Rood, Seitsive's son.
With her late husband, Dr. Morris Rood, Seitsive participated in the 1958 groundbreaking for San Fernando Valley State College, now Cal State Northridge, a partnership that led to her establishment of the Lillian Paula Seitsive, M.D., Scholarship Endowment Fund for students who wish to teach special needs children, especially deaf students.
In recognition of her generous financial support of the Michael D. Eisner College of Education's Department of Special Education, the college's Lecture Hall for the Deaf bears Seitsive's name.
For her ongoing support of the university, the Cal State Northridge President's Associates in 2000 presented Seitsive with their first Lifetime Membership Award.
Much honored during her long career, Seitsive in 2000 was the first woman to win the California Medical Association's Frederick K.M. Plessner Memorial Award. The recipient of the Northridge Chamber of Commerce's Lifetime Achievement Award in 1991, Seitsive also was the speaker at the College of Health and Human Development's 1998 commencement ceremony.
Seitsive and her husband helped found the first hospital in Northridge, a 49-bed facility that became Northridge Hospital Medical Center. She and Rood also built the first medical building in Northridge, where she maintained her practice until her retirement on her 94th birthday.
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