Ann Willcox Seidman

Ann Willcox Seidman, died on August 13, 2019. She was born April 30, 1926. 

Professor Seidman was the beloved wife of the late Professor Robert B. Seidman, mother of Jonathan Seidman of Milton, MA, Judy Seidman of Johannesburg, South Africa, Katha Seidman of Brookline, MA, Gay Seidman of Madison, WI, and Neva Seidman Makgetla of Johannesburg, South Africa. Ann was the beloved mother-in-law of 4, grandmother of 10 and great-grandmother of 4.

Ann was Professor of Economics and taught at Boston University, Clarke University, Brown University, Wellesley College, University of Wisconsin (Madison), and at the Universities of Ghana, Nigeria, Tanzania, Zambia, Zimbabwe and Beijing. She was a leading dependency theorist, authoring numerous books on African political economy. Ann and Robert Seidman pioneered the field of law and development and legislative drafting, around the world, from Bhutan to South Africa, and helped draft constitutions for many countries, including Namibia, Somalia, Iraq and Afghanistan. They loved sailing in Maine with family, friends, and colleagues; playing with their grandchildren, debating politics; and playing recorders more or less in harmony. In the 1950s, with other family members and friends, they established one of the first inter-racial planned communities on the East Coast, at Village Creek in Norwalk, CT.

Family funeral services will be private. A public memorial will be held in a few months. 

In lieu of flowers, donations may be sent to the  (Boothbay Region Land Trust (, Planned Parenthood ( and ACLU (