Arthur Seltzer

After graduating from U. City I attended Washington U., getting a B.S. in business administration. Immediately after I graduated, I joined a CPA firm, and despite a number of moves I have been working consistently since. I semi-retired at the end of 2007, but I still have a few clients and consult with a couple of small firms.

My specialty is taxation. I have been chair of the Missouri Society of CPAs taxation committee twice, and edit and write for the tax column in the Society’s magazine.

Loretta and I celebrated our 43rd anniversary in June. She retired after 30+ years teaching in the Affton school district, where she grew up. She taught English and social studies; seven of her students have been elected to the state legislature, and consider her a role model . We have no children, but she says she had thousands and many of them keep in touch with her.

We love to travel. Loretta traveled extensively before we were married, spending a year as a Fulbright Scholar in India and working with Mother Teresa, and she introduced me to the world. She has pen pals in England, Japan and Australia whom we have visited. Our favorite trip was three weeks in Japan (visiting her pen pal), China (ten cities, including the Great Wall and the Terra Cotta Warriors), and Hong Kong. My favorite places include Copenhagen, Budapest, Banff/Lake Louise and Vancouver.

My interests include tournament bridge (I learned in college, and became a Life Master before I graduated), classical music, and astronomy. I read a lot, and follow current events and politics intensely although I’ve never participated actively in politics.

Many of us attended a Hamilton School class reunion a number of years ago. At the time, the St. Louis school district was experiencing financial difficulties, and the out-of-town consultants had suggested closing Hamilton. There was a vigorous response from many of us who attended the reunion, and ultimately my suggestion (closing a nearby, smaller school and moving those children to Hamilton to absorb excess capacity) was adopted.