Broadmead Welcomes New Residents, Thomas & Karen Seybold

Courtesy of a Broadmead Resident

Welcome to two of Broadmead's newest residents, Thomas and Karen Seybold!

Tom Seybold was a career Army officer, retiring as a full colonel in 1987. A 1959 graduate of the US Military Academy, he earned a master's degree at the University of Illinois in theoretical and applied mechanics. His long Army career included two tours in Vietnam, teaching at West Point, and 4 years in Germany.

After serving 18 years with infantry units through battalion command, he became an infantry combat system developer. He helped develop and produce the Bradley Fighting Vehicle in Detroit, MI, for 5 years. Then, at Fort Benning, GA, he managed the requirements for arms, clothing, vehicles, and equipment for the infantry, including the man-portable antitank Javelin missile featured in the current crisis with Ukraine.

Born in Greensburg, PA, Karen Seybold grew up in Columbus, OH. She attended Ohio University, where she majored in hearing and speech therapy. Her first job was in speech therapy at the Ohio School for the Deaf. She continued teaching as much as being an Army wife would allow. Until Tom's retirement, she taught mostly in elementary schools. Then, after moving to Maryland, she taught pre-kindergarten until 1998.

The two met at a friend's wedding and married him after 4 weekend dates. Fifty-eight years later, they remain happily married. They have three sons, all of whom live locally, and nine grandchildren, ranging in age from 8 to 26 years. After retirement, the Seybolds moved to Maryland to be near their family, and Tom began a second career with AAI Corporation (now Textron, Inc.) from which he retired in 1996.

Karen enjoys sewing and reading. She and Tom looked at several retirement communities. With one of their sons working in the area of building retirement communities, they had some expert help. They chose Broadmead because it is nonprofit and has a lovely campus and a spiritual ambience. They were already acquainted with a resident.

The Seybolds' 7-year-old Jack Russell terrier, Puzzle, runs the household. He has made friends at the dog park and is settling in at his new home.


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