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Dr. Julian Wood Selig, Jr.

Posted By obits On June 1, 2020 @ 1:51 pm In Elizabeth City,Obituaries | 34 Comments

Dr. Julian Wood Selig, 86, died in his home on May 31, 2020. He was a resident of Harbor’s Edge Retirement Community in Norfolk, Virginia. His wife of fifty-nine years, Betsey Blades Selig died in 2017. He was a native of Elizabeth City, NC, born January 5, 1934 to the late Estelle Ehrlich Selig and Julian Wood Selig, Sr. He was educated at UNC-Chapel Hill and was a 1959 graduate of UNC Medical School. He had additional training at the University of Florida Hospital and at UNC hospitals. He entered the practice of psychiatry in Norfolk in 1963 and was one of the founders and directors of Tidewater Psychiatric Institute, located in Norfolk and Virginia Beach. This was the first private psychiatric facility in South Hampton Roads. He served as president of its professional staff from1971-79. He was also on the staff of Norfolk General, Leigh Memorial, and DePaul Hospitals. He was a member of various local, state, and national medical organizations and served as president of Seaboard Medical Association in 1975.

He and his wife returned to their native Elizabeth City in 1983. He became an advocate for those with disabilities during several years there. He had been a survivor of moderately severe polio in 1956 and used a motorized chair the last twenty-six years of his life. He attended Cann Memorial Presbyterian Church. In 2010, he and his wife returned to Norfolk.

He is survived by his son, Dr. Wood Selig (Ellen) of Norfolk, VA; his daughter Susan Selig Classen (Carl) of Kitty Hawk, NC; four grandchildren, Lex Selig, Nick Selig, Julianna Selig, and Carrietta Classen; two step-grandchildren, Ben (Ally) and Jen Classen; and niece, Julia Barnes Weise of Durham. He was predeceased by a sister, Betty Lou Barnes in 1998 and her son, Hall Barnes in 2007. The family would like to thank Rickey Wilson who helped Betsey and Julian for many years and filled their lives with his friendship and care. The family also thanks Makaila Wallace and Derrick Flood without whom, the last three years without Betsey would not have been possible.

Due to coronavirus restrictions, any memorial plans will be announced later. A private burial will be in Elizabeth City. Memorial contributions may be made to a charity of one’s choice. Twiford Funeral Home, Memorial Chapel, 405 East Church Street, Elizabeth City, NC is serving the Selig family. You may express condolences to the family by visiting www.TwifordFH.com.


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Condolence from Denise on June 1st, 2020 3:17 pm

Dr. Selig and his wife Betsey were two of the favorite patients of Dr. Erickson’s dental practice in Elizabeth City. I have fond memories of them both. They have now been reunited.

Condolence from Bob Thorne on June 1st, 2020 3:32 pm

A brilliant mind wrapped around a keen sense of humor who will be forever remembered by Bob and Judy Thorne.

Condolence from Pauline Leary Berard on June 1st, 2020 7:30 pm

So sad for the family but happy that he will be welcomed by Betsy! We will miss both of them

Condolence from Ed Comstock on June 1st, 2020 8:17 pm

Wood Selig Family,
It was with great sadness that I learned of the passing of your dad. Our thoughts and prayers will be with you and your family during this time. I know that your dad and mine always enjoyed each and the conversations I had with him were always a great joy to be in.

Ed and Norma Comstock

Condolence from ava coppersmith on June 1st, 2020 8:40 pm

Dear Susan and Wood,

I was so sorry to hear about your father today. I thought a lot of both your father and your mother. They both had humor and kindness that was so great to be around. I send my sincere wish for you both to find your peace. I know it is so hard to have both parents gone. My thoughts are with you both.
Ava Coppersmith

Condolence from Nakesha Spellman on June 1st, 2020 9:23 pm

I would like to express my sincere condolences to the family of Dr. Selig.

Dr. Selig was one of the many reasons why I was able to attend UNC (through his scholarship fund). I was blessed to meet Dr. Selig in the OBX unexpectedly while working at a local grocery store during the summer of 2013. While in undergrad at UNC, I would reach out to Dr. Selig for advice about my future career goal. Recently, I came across a letter that Dr. Selig wrote me that helped me decide which healthcare profession I wanted to pursue. I am currently pursuing my doctorate of pharmacy degree and I have become a advocate of mental health awareness within an organization at my university.

Dr. Selig, thank you!

Condolence from Ellen Stewart on June 2nd, 2020 7:28 am

Dear Susan, Wood, Ellen, Carl and all the grandchildren Julian loved. Your family is strong and filled with caring for each other, and I know Julian was so proud of all of you. He was a dear and special person to me for a very long time and I am grateful for that and I am grateful to you.
I will miss and remember him always.
Peace and love to you all.

Condolence from Heidi Turner Parker on June 2nd, 2020 7:30 am

Wood I am so very sorry to hear of your father’s passing. I am praying for you and your family.

Condolence from Mary Jolliff Moore on June 2nd, 2020 11:09 am

What a nice man he was, and Betsy was a nice woman. A good pair, balancing each other. I saw a lot of one or another of them, sometimes as the same time, when I worked at Leary’s Bingo, and I think later at Casino Bingo/Quizo. My condolences to the family. You have a legacy of which to be so proud.
I pray Our Father’s gracious love will be with all of you through this life and in the one to come.

Condolence from Susan Gagnon on June 2nd, 2020 3:13 pm

Susan, Wood and Family…I was your Mother hairdresser years back, and what a great person she was..your Father a sweetheart. Please except my condolences and hang on to all the good times you had with them

Condolence from Stephen Ballard on June 3rd, 2020 2:55 am

Loved your dads contageos smile my friend and driving around key west drinking beers with him ,it was great he could get a parking Spot any were any bar on duvall ??? He made people feel welcome were ever he went , thatts a trate to cheerish and remember always , i will !!

The evening. We surprized them at 10 pm.key west On a sat night with no. Notice. Those two smiles stays in my mind for ever and a memory i will cherish always !

I still cant figure out how he got such great parking spots and did that every time at every bar ?? Thatts great. Every. Door guy new your mom and dad. Gee now i know were u learned that charm !

I Loved both. Him and. Your mom after 5 mntts in that warm house. ( literally it was hot as heck in. That condo !! )

Wood it wasnt ever hard to see how much those two folks loved u when we walked in the wide open door to there condo and there wide open hearts accepted me as im sure they did everyone every day of there lifes !

We sure could value those trates in more people in these challenging days !

They are great folks and tonight i lnow they are happy again. In The. Next phase of there relationship !!

Going to miss both them this year in the tent at tailgate , they loved walking the lot with the entire selig gang even the democrat !! Not hard to see why your 3 are doing so well , good genes in that family. As well as helen has shown how to be a good role family leader and chief !!

Love all yawl !

PS. Wonder if he still getts those great parking spotts up there ????

Sorry for fat fingers

Condolence from Harold Jones on June 3rd, 2020 4:50 am

Dr. Selig always had a smile and a hello to offer whenever he came to either ODU basketball or football games. He will be missed by the event staff who he greated.

Condolence from Dan Ryan Jr on June 3rd, 2020 8:07 am

Wood sorry for your loss I didn’t know your dad but you look so much like him tell your son and wife GO HOKIES I’ll keep you in my prayers

Condolence from Sara Kruger on June 3rd, 2020 9:38 am

Wood, I am so sorry for your loss. Your Dad was a wonderful human who will greatly be missed. I wish you and your family love and peace and will keep you in my prayers. May his memory always be a comfort and strength to you. I hope he goes and finds Dad. I know Dad really loved Dr. Selig. Love Sara

Condolence from Eileen Ertel, Branch Manager on June 3rd, 2020 11:35 am

Dr. Selig will be so missed at TowneBank Harbor’s Edge. He was so kind and that glint of mischief in his eyes made him a favorite with all of us. Your family will be in our thoughts and prayers and he will always be remembered with fondness.

The ladies at Harbor’s Edge TowneBank

Condolence from Catherine Combs on June 3rd, 2020 11:38 am

When I was a little girl my family would stay at the Skinner cottage at Nags Head which was beside your family cottage. I remember your mother particularly was so very beautiful and had the best laugh. Wood, you were about 5 and would run in our cottage without knocking and yell at the top of your lungs “Wood’s here!” That always gave my mother a laugh and she would remember those times so fondly and recount that story. I did not know your father very well but I am sure he was a wonderful person to have been married to Betsey and father to you and your sister. I am so sorry for the loss of both of your parents, I know how hard that loss is.
Catherine (Schmulling) Combs

Condolence from Andrew Seufer on June 3rd, 2020 12:20 pm


Condolence from Bernie Kirsch on June 3rd, 2020 2:02 pm

My deepest sympathy to the family and many friends of Dr Selig, a kind soul who dedicated his life to helping others.

May he remembered and kept safe in our fondest memories.

Condolence from Dr. Carl Furr on June 3rd, 2020 3:39 pm

Julian was my cadaver partner in gross anatomy as freshmen in medical school. He absolutely kept me laughing all the time. What a very smart great guy. It makes me extremely proud to say that I knew him.

Condolence from Cathy Vansant on June 3rd, 2020 4:08 pm

John and I send our deepest sympathy to Wood and Susan and family. Julian and Betsey were such dear friends of my dad and mom, Stuart and Lorrie Ashman, and I remember them both so fondly. Wishing you all loving peace in this time of profound loss.


Cathy and John Vansant

Condolence from Hank Schmulling on June 3rd, 2020 5:56 pm

My condolences to the Selig Family. I spent many summers growing up at Nags Head next to the Seligs and knew both Julian and Betsey well. Such wonderful loving people We had such fun. They will be missed.

Condolence from Carlton and Beth Bennett on June 3rd, 2020 8:05 pm

Our sincere condolences to the family. We will miss Julian and his lovely smile. He was always so friendly and gracious. He was such a great guy.


Carlton and Beth Bennett

Condolence from Wayne & Wilma Griffin on June 4th, 2020 12:15 pm

Wood & Susan & family so sorry for your loss. May God continue to give you and your family strength during your time of bereavement.

Condolence from THOMAS & DIANE SUGG on June 4th, 2020 1:57 pm

I send my deepest sympathy to Wood and and the Selig family in the passing of Julian. He was a prince of a man who never met a stranger. He will be sorely missed by his many friends and fellow residents at Harbor’s Edge. He and Betsy were a class couple.
May God’s Grace comfort you during this difficult time.

Condolence from Mark Croley on June 4th, 2020 2:00 pm

My sincere condolences to Dr. Selig’s family. Dr. Selig and Miss Betsey were just wonderful people. I had the pleasure of meeting them in 1985 while working at their beautiful home. They were kind hearted folks and an absolute pleasure to know. I’ll always have fond memories of Dr.Selig and the wide smile that he had. Rest in Peace.

Condolence from Gregg and Peg Jensen on June 4th, 2020 7:23 pm

Wood, Susan, and Families
There are always a handful of individuals in our lives who stand out as exceptional. Your dad was one of those people from the time I first met him in 1979. He looked you in the eyes and you knew he was genuinely interested and focused on what you had to say and you as a person. A wonderful sense of humor, caring, courageous, and giving. He will be missed.

Condolence from Emilie and Arthur Serratelli on June 5th, 2020 11:14 am

Dear Susan and Wood,
My husband Art and I were so saddened to hear of your Dad’s death. Such wonderful memories of both your parents’ big hearts and wide smiles! Art has been asking me how he can donate to the Julian Wood Selig, Jr. Archives (to be built, at UNC-Chapel Hill), his half of the sophomoric, endlessly amusing, postcard correspondence received from Dr. Selig over many many many years. Your mom and dad could light-up a room, never met a stranger in their lives, and they could tell one heck of a funny story. We feel blessed to have known them.
Emilie and Art Serratelli

Condolence from Bill Jennette on June 6th, 2020 4:44 pm

The picture of Julian and Betsey hanging on my wall will always remind me of hundreds of happy hours in their company. I will miss them greatly, and remember them always with much love.

Condolence from Ernest Bergel, M.D. on June 6th, 2020 8:53 pm

Dear Family of Julian Selig,
My heartfelt condolences on the loss of a wonderful person. I was an intern at North Carolina Memorial Hospital who cared for Julian after he was stricken by polio. He was a very good and cooperative patient and we became friends. Even though we never met after I left Chapel Hill in 1957, we remained friends and it was always a pleasure to hear from him.
He was quite heroic in putting up with his residual disabilities and worked as a psychiatrist as long as he possibly could. As an example of his resourcefulness, he once told me that for years he worked in an office where none of the bathrooms had doors wide enough to admit his wheelchair. He also mentioned frequently how much pleasure he derived from his son’s and his son’s team’s athletic performance.
The world is a poorer place without him. I hope that time will help heal the wounds that his absence inflicts on you.
In deepest sympathy,
Ernest Bergel

Condolence from Pat Taylor on June 8th, 2020 6:55 pm

Susan, I was so sorry to hear of your dad’s passing. It’s never easy losing someone we love. Please know you and your family are in my thoughts and in my prayers. My love to Carrietta.

Condolence from Derrick on June 10th, 2020 1:44 pm

To the Selig Family: Dr. Selig…. he was a stubborn ol man. His yeses were, “Yes”, and his nos were “No”. And if, for blindness, you didn’t know that he was a North Carolina Tarheel (to his soul), you might have mistaken him for an arrogant Duke Blue Devil- from just up the street. (Funny, right?) But… he wasn’t arrogant at all.

Dr. Julian W. Selig, took a body that had, in places, shortchanged him, and reinvested in the places where it hadn’t. In his life, he confidently (in braces), walked, or rolled (in a chair) up to a closed door and opened it- and if you just happened to be present to open it for him- he thanked you.

But he did manage to brag…. a lot: “Wood this…Susan that…” – “My daughter Susan…. My son Wood…”. Then, let’s not forget the Grandchildren… On the morning of Mrs. Betsey’s Memorial- he was fine, and shared a moment with me that was so special. He started to recount the Disney Cruise that he and his wife took with their children and grandchildren.

He started moving his arms, as if he were imitating happy children. Then, as he began to describe how “all the children” began to sing: “Supercalifragilisticexpialidocious” …. his face contorted, he looked at me… became SO RED and sobbed, sobbed, sobbed- that memory made him happy.  (Hey, Clay Foreman, he gave “Tiny” a hug that morning (inside joke)).

More recently, and before the sun began to lower and our friend, father, uncle and grandfather chose to embrace his own sunset …. Doc was so anxious for me to see the paper this particular morning. Well, there was a write-up in the Virginian Pilot about that day that The Wright Brothers made famous in Kitty Hawk, NC… and he wanted to talk about it. Then, amazingly, out of his own memory, as I’m sitting across from him at the breakfast table, he began to recite the words inscribed at the base of that NC monument:

“In commemoration of the conquest of the air by the brothers Wilbur and Orville Wrightconceived by Genius, achieved by Dauntless Resolution and Unconquerable Faith.”

…. then, he cried.

Now, through sad-happy tears and cheers, “WE” commemorate your Father’s conquest of the air.  A lot held him back…. but no more.  He is missed but forgotten, Never.
Susan (Carl) and Wood (Ellen), me and my family (Mother and Sister) are sending our sympathies and our love to you each of you at this moment and as you walk on without your dad. Wishing comfort to your entire family and blessings to you all


Condolence from the Rev. Robert E. Rhodes, Jr on June 13th, 2020 11:43 am

Wood, Susan and family, sincere condolences. Julian was a classmate of mine in Grammar S. L. Sheep and Elizabeth City High School and also a classmate of mine at UNC for two years. We have been “Pen Pals” for the last 20 years. I will miss him! I keep a picture of the three amigos……Julian, Bill and Clay on my photo shelf in my study.

the Rev. Robert E. Rhodes, Jr,

Condolence from DeFord LeRoy Davis on June 28th, 2020 1:23 pm

Dear Wood, Susan & Family,

We are SO very sorry to learn of your Dad’s passing and sorry we’re so late to know about it. COVID-19 has changed every aspect of our lives and death.

Your Dad was such a wonderful friend to both of my parents and his laughter and sparkle – as depicted well in his photo – will be remembered lovingly! Your Mom was such a dear as well and both of your parents made our whole family feel like family. God Bless as you move forward in this challenging time! Hope your families are well. 🙂

With love,
DeFord, Chip, Charles, Grace & Dan

Condolence from Carwile LeRoy Jr on June 28th, 2020 3:28 pm

Wood, Susan

Both your parents were great to me, inviting me to yalls beach house when I didn’t have access to much beach re recreation as a grad student.

Please accept my condolences. Susan, didn’t you and I hang glider on one of those trips?

Carwile LeRoy
Campmetabolic @gmail

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