Edward R. Szetela

Military Service: Army  
School Story:

B.A. University of Massachusetts
M.A. Cornell University
M.Ed. College of William & Mary

UPDATE: March 2013: Mr. Szetela still lives in Hampton is 89 or 90 years old and seems to still remember most of us.

The following link was provided by Bill Hanlon - the interview was in 1988:


UPDATE posted by Mike Buttles (July 30, 2010): i just had a personal chat with Ed Szetala on the phone at his home in Hampton VA. He is older (his words), slower (his words) but hasn't forgotten the people, good times and memories made at KHS.

he struggles for clearity in his voice and shows some weakness talking too long but his SPIRIT is as strong and influencing as ever.

He will be a gift and treasure in the hereafter. i asked him to save me a seat ... he said "what makes you think you are going to the same place" ? SILENCE.

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Apr 30, 2020 at 12:33 PM

While attending high school my father passed. Igave up on life and dropped out of school. Six months later Mr.Szetela convince me to come back to kecoughtan high. He was more than a teacher to me. john hildebrand

May 15, 2015 at 4:34 PM

Judith Patricia Dupre Paranuk

I am very sad to hear of Mr. Szetela's passing. Thank you Debbie for letting us know. I had not seen it in our obituaries. I will try to make the funeral on Friday.

He was a grumpy old bear many of the times I saw him in the halls or in the office (I guess we did drive him crazy!!), but he did have a good heart. He certainly brought to mind many good memories of my KHS days.

I remember him tearing up in the gym, when our class president died unexpectedly, and he had to make the announcement to all of us. I will never forget that day.

May you rest in peace Mr. Z....you will be missed by all of us who went to Kecoughtan.

May 15, 2015 at 4:34 PM

Thomas Lawson Cline (Stroup, Jr.)

I am sorry to learn of the passing of our KHS principal, Mr. Edward R. Szetela, of Hampton, Va., on April 6 at age 91. His obituary appears in today's "Daily Press," April 9, 2015.

Of my many memories of him, the most dramatic one is from Nov. 22, 1963, when his emotional voice came over the school P.A. to announce that President Kennedy had been shot in Dallas. He played a live radio feed so that all the school could learn the details as they unfolded and were reported. After JFK was pronounced dead, all the reporting paused for a moment for the playing of "Hail to the Chief."

Mr. Szetela was later promoted to superintendent of Hampton Public Schools.

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