The O’Malley and Seidler families are saddened to report that Roland Seidler, Jr. passed away on June 8, 2006. Seidler was the son-in-law of Kay and Walter O’Malley. He was born in Los Angeles on January 21, 1929, the oldest child of Mary and Roland Seidler, who preceded him to Heaven.
Seidler and his wife Terry O’Malley were married for 47 years. Seidler served on the Board of Directors for the Los Angeles Dodgers from 1975-98 and also was their Secretary (1975-80), Treasurer (1981) and Vice President, Treasurer (1982-98).
A 1952 graduate of the University of California at Berkeley, Seidler enlisted in the Army and was assigned to the Army Language School in Monterey, CA. Upon his Army discharge in 1955, he entered the business world working for Mitchum, Jones and Templeton in Los Angeles; and opening the McDonnell and Co. branch office in L.A. He was a founding partner of Seidler, Arnett and Spillane and Chairman/CEO of The Seidler Companies Incorporated in 1969.
Besides the Dodgers, he served on numerous boards, including Mellon West, Golden State Foods, New York Stock Exchange Boards of Arbitration and Hearing, Pacific Stock Exchange Board of Governors and National Association of Securities Dealers Ethics and Business Conduct Committee.
Among the educational and community institutions on whose boards he served: Loyola Marymount University Board of Trustees, UCLA Anderson School of Management, Advisory Council for the Mendoza College of Business at the University of Notre Dame, Los Angeles Archdiocesan Finance Council, Association of Governing Boards of Universities and Colleges, St. Francis High School and Town Hall Los Angeles.
Seidler made regular visits to the Dodgers’ spring training base Dodgertown in Vero Beach, Florida. He first went there in 1958 to visit Terry O’Malley, then a secretary at the Dodgertown Camp for Boys, and traveled there every year after their wedding on October 4, 1958.
The Seidlers have 10 children: sons John (wife Laurie), Peter, Michael, Robert (wife Alecia), Tom and Matt and daughters Carol (husband Len Golbranson), Mary Kay (husband Todd Gates), Annie (husband Jim Hagan) and Jeannie and 21 grandchildren (Katherine, Michael, Kristen, Kevin and Sean Gates; Megan, Monica, Matt, Jack, Mark, Katie and Tommy Golbranson; Jeff, Kelly and Andrew Seidler; Vincent, Luke and Tess Seidler; and Madeline, Molly and Peter Hagan).
“Our entire family is greatly saddened by the loss of Rollie,” said his brother-in-law Peter O’Malley, former President of the Los Angeles Dodgers from 1970-98. “Rollie was not only my close friend and business associate, but a ‘brother’ in every sense of the word. As one of the most influential and dynamic leaders I have known, he made a tremendous impact on the Southern California business community, as well as the many non-profit charitable organizations in which he participated. Rollie was an active member of the Dodger Board of Directors, regularly attended home games and games at Holman Stadium during Spring Training, and greatly contributed to the success of the Dodger organization.”
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in memory of Roland to Mayo Clinic, Diabetes Research, 9th Floor, Siebens Building, 200 First Street SW, Rochester, MN 55905; Catholic Education Foundation, 3424 Wilshire Blvd., Los Angeles 90010-2202; or Bioethics Institute, Loyola Marymount University, 4515 University Hall, One LMU Drive, Los Angeles, CA 90045-2659.