Vienna Mayor M. Jane Seeman Dies

Seeman was diagnosed with lung cancer last year.

Patch file photo: Vienna Mayor Jane Seeman. Credit: Patch. Patch file photo: Vienna Mayor Jane Seeman. Credit: Patch.
Patch file photo: Vienna Mayor Jane Seeman. Credit: Patch. Patch file photo: Vienna Mayor Jane Seeman. Credit: Patch.
Mayor M. Jane Seeman, a resident of Vienna since 1968, has died. Seeman, who died Sunday, according to Town of Vienna spokeswoman Kirstyn Barr, served on the Vienna Town Council since 1996 and was first elected mayor in 2000.

Seeman, who has served as the town's top leader for more than a decade, was diagnosed last year with lung cancer. She was receiving treatment for the illness. She was first elected Mayor in the year 2000 and was re-elected in 2002, 2004, 2006, 2008, 2010 and 2012. 

She recently said she would not be running for another term as mayor. 

"She will continue to serve as Vienna’s Mayor while she is battling this illness," the town said in a statement last summer.

Seeman was in her seventh term as Vienna's mayor. She and her family have deep roots in the area: Seeman has lived in Vienna since 1968. And before she took the reigns as mayor, her husband, the late Rodger W. Seeman, had served on the town council for a decade before his death 17 years ago. 

Read: Mayor Candidate Jane Seeman

Jane Seeman was appointed to fill his unexpired term in 1996, then went on to win two more council seats, in 1997 and 1999, on her own.

"This town has been so good to my family and to me and it’s just he place that I love," Seeman told Patch last year.

If you would like to send a note of condolence to the family, cards can be sent in care to the Town Clerk’s Office at: 127 Center Street S, Vienna, VA 22180.

"You're a fighter and you have an army fighting for you and with you," one resident wrote on the Mayor's facebook page last year.

Prior to assuming office she was the former Chairman of the Community Enhancement  Commission; she represented the Town on the Northern Virginia Regional Commission, Towns Association of Northern Virginia, Environmental Policy Steering Committee, the Tysons Partnership and the Greater Tysons Coordinating Committee.

She was a member of Historic Vienna Inc., Rotary Club of Vienna and other community organizations; she also volunteered more than 3,000 hours at Patrick Henry Library. She received the Vienna Toastmasters Community and Leadership Award in 1997; in 1999 she was named Citizen of the Year by the Vienna Times and Vienna Chamber of Commerce and received the Rotary “Service Above Self Award.”

Mayor Seeman received a Bachelor of Arts degree in Business and Economics from Fort Hays Kansas State College.

What are your memories of Mayor Seeman? Share them in the comments box below.
Ellen Fitzpatrick February 24, 2014 at 11:31 AM
We are so very sorry to hear this sad news. Jane was a very special lady with a gift for connecting with people straight from the heart. Now our hearts go out to her and all of her family and friends in their sorrow.
Frank T February 24, 2014 at 07:13 PM
Very Sad News, She was a great mayor and a really nice person. Regards to her surviving family.
Valerie Willcox February 25, 2014 at 06:42 AM
Saw her at an open house last November and she was as gracious as ever. Rest in Peace sweet lady.
Scott Silverthorne February 27, 2014 at 09:01 PM
Mayor Seeman was a friend and mentor. I appreciated her warmth and courage in leading the Town, even through this very difficult period. Her direct style was something I've tried to emulate as mayor in the City of Fairfax. Tomorrow, all City of Fairfax flags will be flown at have mast in her honor. I'll miss you terribly.


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