A dedication to Dr. Seán Pettit, RIP

2 Dec 2016
Dr. Seán Pettit with 4th Year BSc(Ed) and PME students, 19th March 2013

It is with great regret and sadness that the staff of the School of Education UCC has learned of the passing of Dr Seán Pettit, one of our most esteemed former colleagues. 



Dr Pettit was well known to generations of students in his role as lecturer for over 30 years on the Higher Diploma in Education programme in UCC.  On hearing of his passing, one of his former students wrote:

I was so fortunate to have Dr Seán Pettit as a lecturer during my HDipEd year in UCC. He was one of the most outstanding teachers that I have ever encountered. I believe that he was a former teacher of history in Midleton College before he came to UCC.  He made the subject of the History of Irish Education into a fascinating story for all of us. Even those of us with little background in the study of history were inspired by his lectures.  He was really brilliant in the lecture theatre - every lecture was a dazzling performance as he recreated the story of the development of education in Ireland. I can see him now as he captivated the packed lecture theatre. His lectures were held on Fridays from 6 - 7 p.m. and, whoever set the timetable, knew that Dr Pettit t would have no problem drawing a crowd!

Last year Dr. Pettit lectured at the School of Education's  symposium on "Boole the Educator" and, despite his advancing years, he still displayed the same enthusiasm and love of teaching, as he painted a picture of what Cork was like when George Boole arrived here in 1849.

In 2014, I invited him to give a guest lecture to my science pedagogy students on the history of science in Cork. Fortunately AV Services recorded the lecture for me and I now have a permanent record of a truly great teacher and a really wonderful man in every sense of the word. 

The School of Education extends it deepest sympathy to his wife Aruba and his extended family on their sad loss. . May he rest in peace. Ar dheis Dé to raibh a anam uasal. 

Dedication by Dr. Declan Kennedy.

School of Education

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