Government of the Federated States of Micronesia

College mourns the passing of Professor Emeritus Segal

Palikir, Pohnpei (FSM Information Services): January 14, 2011 - College of Micronesia - FSM: On the night of January 11, 2011, Professor Emeritus Harvey Segal of the College of Micronesia-FSM passed away at the age of 84. According to President Spensin James, this is the second departure for Harvey from the College.

The first departure was on July 31, 2008, when Harvey retired from the College at age 81. It was during that time when Professor Harvey Segal received his honorary emeritus status. This title is conferred on a retiring faculty of the College who have been employed as a faculty member for at least 20 years; hold the rank of professor; be at least 65 years of age; have high level accomplishments while at the College; and be recommended by the division chair. Harvey was the first recipient of this prestigious award from the College.

Harvey Segal was born on February 26, 1927, in Boston Massachusetts. In 1951, he received his Bachelors of Arts in Sociology, Biological Field Studies from the University of Massachusetts and from 1951 - 1952, he worked as the recreation leader of the Baltimore Parks Department, Baltimore, Maryland. There, he worked with Baltimore City children in team sports, nature studies and dramatics while supporting teenage social programs. >From 1953 - 1962, Harvey worked as an elementary school science specialist at the Newton Public Schools. One year into his new job at the Newton Public Schools, Harvey graduated from the New York University with a Master of Arts in Education. From 1962 - 1964, he worked as the director of field science and conservation program at the Newton Public Schools.

Harvey moved to Micronesia in 1964 and served as a TESL teacher at Utwe Elementary School in Kosrae. Harvey taught 160 elementary school students Oral English until 1966. From 1966-1968, he became the Kosrae District Elementary School Supervisor where he assisted the Kosrae Deputy Superintendent of Schools with supervision of instruction.

Harvey and his family moved to Pohnpei in 1968 and served as the Pohnpei State Coordinator of Teacher Education until 1970. He was also made team leader of the Micronesian Teacher Corp, training Micronesian teachers to the BA level through Community College of Micronesia, University of Richmond, Virginia, in the Teacher Corp Program with Dr. Fred Baker.

From 1971 - 1993, Harvey worked with the Community College of Micronesia Education Division training and supervising education instructors. Harvey became a full-time faculty and chair of the Education Division at CCM in 1978.

In 1993, the former Community College of Micronesia became the College of Micronesia-FSM and Harvey stayed on in the Education Division as chair. Professor Emeritus Harvey Segal finally retired from the College of Micronesia-FSM on July 31, 2008.

Harvey is the author of the following publications:

  • Birds of the Eastern Caroline Islands, Pohnpei State Education (1970);
  • Birds of Micronesia, Good News Press (1985);
  • Kosrae: The Sleeping Lady Awakens, revised 1st edition (1989);
  • Introduction to Teaching, COM-FSM textbook for ED 210, Education Foundation Course (1992);
  • Kosrae: The Sleeping Lady Awakens, revised 2nd edition (1995); and
  • Teaching the Language Arts in Micronesia, COM-FSM textbook for ED 301a, Language Arts Methods (1996).

Harvey also co-authored the following publications:

  • SPREP Teacher Training Guide in Environmental Education (1993); and
  • Climates and Sea Level Change, SPREP & Flinders University, SO, Australia (1997)

Harvey also published numerous articles in the Micronesian Islands Conservation Newspaper, Wards Natural Science Establishment Bulletins, and Camping Magazine.

As a member of the Micronesian Islands Conservation executive committee, Harvey published relevant articles, produced environmental video programs, and wrote grant proposals. He also served on the Pohnpei Sate conservation council and in 1993; he was made director of the Pohnpei State Earth Day Program.

Harvey also served on the Pohnpei Agriculture and Trade School board for many years.

A memorial service was held at the PMA Studios in the evening of January 13, 2011. His remains were taken to Kosrae on January 14, 2011, to be buried at their family property. President Spensin James accompanied the remains to Kosrae on behalf of the College of Micronesia-FSM. Professor Emeritus Harvey Segal is survived by his wife Abigail, sons Gordon and Arnold, daughter Lillian, and his grand children.

For further information on this release, please contact:

FSM Office of the President
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