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Seagrave Travel founder dies at 91

Oklahoman Published: January 25, 2001

The founder of one of Oklahoma City's oldest and largest travel agencies died Wednesday of natural causes. Evelyn Seagrave Janeway was 91.

Seagrave Travel Vice President Dave Blew, who worked with Seagrave for more than 20 years, said, "I've never known anyone who knew people all over the world. And it wasn't just a name they recognized; they really knew her.... Her business contacts would become personal friends."

Seagrave Travel was founded in 1939. Blew said the multimillion-dollar business employs about 20 people at its Nichols Hills and Edmond branches.

Janeway was an avid traveler herself, often circling the world on three- and four-month trips alone or with tour groups, Blew said.

"She traveled by train, by plane, by boat, by helicopter, by camel," he said.

She particularly enjoyed visiting India and southeast Asia, he said.

"People loved to travel with her."

Janeway supported the Oklahoma City Art Museum, Oklahoma City Philharmonic and Oklahoma Art Institute. She was a member of the St. Gregory's University board of directors; the university named its Academic Center in honor of Janeway and her late husband, Rodney, as well as awarding her an honorary doctorate of commercial sciences.

She is survived by a brother, Harry Meyers of Oklahoma City.

Evening prayer services will begin at 7 p.m. Friday at Christ the King Church. A Mass of Christian burial will begin at 10:30 a.m. Saturday at the church under the direction of Smith & Kernke Funeral Home.

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