Maurice A. Selinger Jr.

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MAURICE A. SELINGER, JR., 91
TOPSHAM - Maurice A. Selinger, Jr., "Skip" to friends and family, died on Saturday, May 13, 2017. He was 91 and lived at Cadigan Lodge on the campus of The Highlands in Topsham. Skip was born in November 1925 in Washington, D.C. For high school, he attended the Landon School in Bethesda, Md., graduated in the spring of 1944 and immediately enlisted as a Pharmacist's Mate in the United States Navy. He served in the Pacific aboard the cruiser Louisville and was wounded in a kamikaze attack that wiped out his entire battle station. Though Skip's father, a well-known Washington doctor of the same name, hoped his son would enter the medical profession, Skip's experiences in the war encouraged a different career path.
After attending Haverford College for three years, Skip went to work at Eastern Airlines in 1949. At the time, the airline was led by Colonel Eddie Rickenbacker, the colorful World War One ace pilot. Skip was responsible for sales and later for coordinating travel arrangements for the White House press corps attached to President Dwight D. Eisenhower's administration.
Skip married Isabel Aguilera y Supervielle in Havana, Cuba, on April 6, 1958. While Skip never learned to speak Spanish, to Isabel's chagrin, he understood more than he let on.
In 1963, Skip went to work for American Express, where he served as special assistant to two chief executive officers, handling liaison and travel arrangements for members of the Board of Directors. Skip's career required several moves between his home town of Washington D.C. and New York. In 1984, after a corporate downsizing, Skip realized a long-held dream of becoming a travel agent, a profession he loved. Skip had dedicated and loyal clients who stayed with him for years and through generations. He retired as a travel agent in 2010.
Skip loved New York and its vibrant environment. After his longest stint in New York, a 34 year stretch from 1971 to 2005, Skip and his wife Isabel moved to a cozy house on Levenseller Pond in Searsmont to be closer to family. In 2008, they moved to The Highlands in Topsham where they met many new friends and participated actively in the community.
Skip was a trustee of The Altman Foundation from 1978 to 2013, becoming Trustee Emeritus in 2013. He also served on the board of the Highlands Estates Homeowner's Association until 2013. In the 1960s he served as a trustee of the Landon School.
Skip is survived by his wife of 59 years, Isabel A. Selinger of Topsham; his only son, Maurice A. Selinger, III, of Freeport, and his wife Cynthia Furman Selinger; and two granddaughters, Emily and Hallie. Skip's only sibling, John R. Selinger, predeceased him in 2007.
A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated Friday, May 19, 2017 at 11 a.m. at St. John's the Baptist Church- All Saints Parish, 39 Pleasant St., Brunswick.
Arrangements are by Stetson's Funeral Home 12 Federal St. Brunswick where memorial condolences may be expressed at stetsonsfuneralhome.com

Memorial donations may be made in Skip's name to:
The Altman Foundation
8 West 40th Street, 19th floor
New York, NY 10018


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Published in Portland Press Herald/Maine Sunday Telegram on May 16, 2017
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