Eric Seldin, 1961-2018

CanCham Thailand is sad to report that Eric Seldin died suddenly from cardiac failure on Wednesday, 24 January, at Bangkok’s Mission Hospital. He had been unwell in recent years and was awaiting bypass surgery. 

As the Foreign Correspondents’ Club of Thailand noted in its obituary, “Eric, an American with a special affinity for Canada, had been based in Thailand since 1992. He was a popular member of the FCCT, who served on the executive committee a number of times, and continued to delight in operating the club’s Twitter account.

“Eric grew up in New York, and majored in international relations (East Asia and Cuba) at the American University. He started out as a cameraman/soundman with CNN in 1982, and went on to a long career in broadcast journalism before retiring in 2016. His many clients included AP, CBC, CTV, NHK, and Reuters.

“Among his more challenging assignments were the flight from Haiti of President Jean-Claude (‘Baby Doc’) Duvalier in 1986, and the Great Asian Tsunami in 2004. His only professional regret was never getting to see North Korea.”

CanCham send its condolences to his wife, Sorathorn Vichaino (Mott) and mother, Helene.

The cremation will take place at Wat Kae Nang Lerng (Wat Sunthon Thammathan), Phaniang Road off Lan Luang Road,on Saturday afternoon, 27 January, at 4pm, and attendees may start gathering from 2pm. 

A wake in Eric’s memory will be held in the FCCT clubhouse on Friday, 2 February, at 7pm. All are welcome.

Please see link below for CanCham’s recent interview with Eric: