Seeley G. Mudd

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Seeley G. Mudd
Born Seeley Greenleaf Mudd
(1895-04-18)April 18, 1895
Denver, Colorado, U.S.
Died March 10, 1968(1968-03-10) (aged 72)
Occupation physician, professor, philanthropist
Parent(s) Seeley W. Mudd
Della Mullock Mudd
Relatives Harvey Seeley Mudd (brother)
Henry T. Mudd (nephew)
Caryll Mudd Sprague (niece)
Norman F. Sprague, Jr. (nephew-in-law)
Victoria Nebeker Coberly (niece-in-law)

Seeley Greenleaf Mudd, M.D. (April 18, 1895 – March 10, 1968) was an American physician, professor, and major philanthropist to academic institutions.

Early life[edit]

Mudd was born in Denver, Colorado in 1895, and was the son of noted mining engineer Seeley W. Mudd and Della Mullock Mudd. His brother, Harvey Seeley Mudd, was a miner, businessman, and philanthropist. He was eight when his family moved to Los Angeles, California. He attended Stanford University for two years before transferring to Columbia University, where he received a B.S. degree in mining engineering. He later attended Harvard Medical School where he received his M.D. degree in 1924.


Dr. Mudd practiced cardiology in Los Angeles before joining the faculty at the California Institute of Technology, where he did work on cancer research. He was later professor and dean at the School of Medicine at the University of Southern California.


During his lifetime, Dr. Mudd contributed more than $10 million to private colleges and universities.[citation needed] Via his will, he created the Seeley G. Mudd Foundation to continue the work "that educational excellence be supported in the form of grants for the construction of buildings for teaching, learning, and research".

Several major academic institutions have buildings named in honor of Mudd, including:

It is a common misconception that the Engineering building at Columbia University was also named for Seeley G. Mudd. It is, in fact, named for his father, Seeley Wintersmith Mudd.


  1. ^ Facilities - Chemistry, Vassar web page. Retrieved 2011-01-12.
  2. ^ [1], Washington University Law Review article. Retrieved on 2016-12-03.

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