In Memoriam: Toshi-Aline Ohta Seeger, 1922-2013

Toshi-Aline Ohta Seege

Photo by Gene Deitch ©

She was, of course, Pete Seeger’s wife and partner for nearly 70 years. But she was also his producer, the director of his television program, an Emmy-winning television producer, an organizer of the first Newport Folk Festivals, a documentary film producer, and a moving spirit behind the Clearwater movement to clean up the Hudson River. Indeed, Toshi—as the newspapers rarely acknowledged in her lifetime but have been unanimous in remembering now—was responsible for much of what Pete achieved. (See Sing Out!)

The world is a little dimmer without Toshi Seeger. We all have a share in her family’s grief.