In Memory

Sylvia Seidel (English)

Posted January 2, 2017, by Susan Dye on the Fort Hunt High School group Facebook page, along with many, many fond remembrances in the comments below her post.

I recently came across Dr. Robert Seidel's e-mail address and asked about his wife, Sylvia Seidel, my 10th grade English teacher. I am sad to say that he told me she passed away on 28 August 2016.

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11/18/17 09:49 PM #1    

Patricia Ann Spaine (1969)

I am forever indebted to Mrs. Seidel. She was a tough task master who taught me technical writing.


06/23/18 10:02 AM #2    

Franklin Gilbert Holland (1970)

I also remember Mrs. Siedel as a very demanding teacher who made me a better writer and a more determined student. She held me to an extremely high standard. At times I felt it was too hign. But because of her when I did decide to pursue higher education I was fortunate to have been under her instruction. I am sorry that I did not think to look her up sooner. 2 years too late to say to her Thank you so much for not giving up on me. Your work has paid off. While I will not ever be an English teacher I am a Special Education social Studies Teacher. You were one of the few teachers who helped make this possible.

06/24/18 11:37 AM #3    

Dr. John Gotwalt

Though I taught English in Anne Jaekel's department for only one year (1967-68), Ms. Seidel was always supportive of me in that first year of teaching straight out of undergraduate school. We exchanged ideas, laughed in the faculty room, and I still remember her dedication to the profession.  I'm sorry to read that she's passed.

12/03/19 10:45 PM #4    

Christine Owen (Bradley) (1976)

Mrs Seidel was an amazing teacher.  It was she, along with Mrs. Babcock and Mrs. Adams, who inspired me to become an English teacher myself.  She was tough, but her students truly respected her. 

01/26/21 05:53 PM #5    

Christopher Niebergall (1970)

So sorry to hear of her passing.  She was tough, thankfully, as an English teacher, and certainly showed me my considerable weaknesses which needed much work to ameliorate.  Never quite measured up in that department at FHHS or UVa so ended up in STEM.  But certainly appreciated her very much.

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