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David A. Seyle, urban planner, budget analyst

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Thursday, March 10, 2011; 10:42 PM

David A. Seyler, 75, an urban planner with the U.S. Geological Survey who retired in 1997 as the chief of plans and programs, died Feb. 9 at his home in Reston of respiratory failure.

Mr. Seyler started his career at the Geological Survey in 1974 as a program analyst. From 1979 to 1987, he was the deputy chief geologist for program and budget.

David Allen Seyler was born in Oklahoma City. He received a bachelor's degree in political science in 1959 and a master's degree in city and regional planning in 1961, both from Ohio State University.

Before moving to the Washington region in the early 1970s, he was a budget planner for New York state and an urban planner in Frankfort, Ky.

He was a member of Northern Virginia Carvers, a woodworking organization, and Hidden Creek County Club in Reston.

His marriages to Dorothy Upton and Catherine D'Agostino ended in divorce.

Survivors include a daughter from his first marriage, Ruth Seyler of Washington; a brother; and two sisters.

- Lauren Wiseman


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