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Former Minn. QB Seidel Dies at 86

November 19, 2000

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) _ Glenn E. Seidel, who quarterbacked three undefeated Minnesota Gophers football teams in the 1930s and later became a vice president of Honeywell Inc., has died.

Seidel was 86 when he died Nov. 7 at his home in Altamonte Springs, Fla., from complications of Alzheimer’s disease.

In college he often was portrayed in drawings as wearing his football uniform while holding a book to depict his leadership as an athlete and a scholar.

``It was really his skills and his intelligence that made him so valuable on the football field,″ said his daughter, Sally Ruvelson of West St. Paul. ``He made people believe in him and want to work with him.″

He was born in Minneapolis and received a bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering.

While there, he was quarterback of the undefeated teams of 1933, 1934 and 1935 and was captain of the 1935 team. In 1936 he played in the College All-Star game in Chicago. He also received the Big Ten medal for athletics and scholastic achievement and was awarded the university’s Outstanding Achievement Award and the Silver Anniversary Football All-America Award from Sports Illustrated.

In the late 1990s he was inducted into the university’s Football Hall of Fame.

After college he coached football for five years and then worked for Honeywell as an engineer.

``He considered football a wonderful opportunity, but he was first and foremost a scholar,″ his daughter said. ``He saw football as a sport.″

He later became corporate vice president of engineering and research at Honeywell, heading the aeronautical and ordnance divisions during World War II.

Seidel left Honeywell in 1967 and worked for property and construction companies until he retired in the 1980s.

Other survivors include his widow, Dolores; two other daughters, six grandchildren, and four great-grandchildren.

Services were pending.

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