1933 - 2014
(source: Robbie Dempsey)
Brian was a White Father at the Priory in the 1960's. He was quite a remarkable inspiration to many of us in those days. I am struck by the huge influence he must have had on us - even apart from coaching rugby and cricket - he was the choirmaster, and also introduced a lot of classical music to our uninterested ears what with the Beatles and Rolling Stones going wild at the time. Then he must have put hours and hours into the annual play - The Lark, and Twelfth Night. I recall he ran weekly meetings for a Drama club and we read through the script of 'Harvey' by Mary Chase (which I thought was 'nuts' at the time, but greatly amused Brian).
Brian Garvey, MA PhD
Colleagues will be sorry to learn of the death, on 8 February 2014, of Dr Brian Garvey, former Lecturer in the Overseas Education Unit within the School of Education.
Born in London, in 1933, Brian attended a Catholic Grammar School before attending theological college in both the UK and the Netherlands. He returned to the UK in order to read History at Oxford, gaining an MA in 1961, followed by a PGCE in 1962.
Brian spent the majority of the next decade teaching history at secondary school level, during which time his interest grew in the administration of education and in education in developing countries. He obtained a PhD in African History from the University of London? Institute of Education in 1972, and in February 1973 travelled to Zambia to take up a five year post as Senior Lecturer and Assistant Dean in the University of Zambia? School of Education.
This was to prove a turning point in Brian? career. On his return to the UK he worked initially as a Research Fellow at the University of Oxford Institute of Commonwealth Studies and the Oxford Management Centre, and as a Lecturer in Education Administration at the Institute of Education, before moving to Leeds to take up the post of Lecturer in the Overseas Education Unit of the School of Education, in 1979. During his eighteen years at Leeds Brian was able to develop his specialisms in management and decision-making in education; rural education; education administration; and, above all, the development and administration of education in developing countries. His subject entailed a great deal of travel. He undertook many visits to Africa over the years (including Zambia, Uganda and Gambia) both to study and observe educational provision and frameworks, and to provide consultancy and expertise, either in an academic capacity or working as a consultant with organisations such as the World Bank and UNESCO.
This expertise informed his PhD supervision of Leeds students from across the world, and his lecturing. His lectures were always popular amongst students for their clarity and incisiveness, and he was a dedicated teacher, always willing to go the extra mile to provide advice and support. His work was meticulously planned and carefully focused. He set, and achieved, high standards for himself and for his students ?never satisfied with a superficial answer in his own work, he would always encourage his students to dig deeper, to cultivate an eye for the finer detail, and to get to the heart of each problem that they tackled in their work. Brian was a conscientious and hard working member of the academic team, earning a well deserved reputation nationally and internationally for the quality of his scholarship and his contribution to the development of his subject area, including his executive editorship of the International Journal of Educational Development (from 1989 to retirement) and his close involvement in organising academic conferences on international educational development and with the International Standing Committee of the Universities?Council for the Education of Teachers.
Brian retired from University service in 1997, leaving behind a School much strengthened and diversified. He will be remembered with warmth and great respect by colleagues and students alike. The funeral service was held on 17th February, on which day the flag on the Parkinson Building was flown at half-mast in Dr Garvey? memory.
I have been a regular consumer of the website and have enjoyed the generous reminiscences and photographs which its many contributors have made. To date, my engagement has not gone beyond this, but learning of Brian Garvey's death prompts me to a more active involvement.
Brian Garvey taught me at The Priory in 1965-66.
Even to a lowly third former, it was clear that he possessed a
powerful intellect. His lessons were always well prepared and he
always approached his subjects in impressive depth.
(source: Robbie Dempsey)
(Blacklion 1966-68, Broome Hall 68-69, Ottawa 69-73
Fr James (Seamus) Browne MAfr
1935 - 2014
Fr Browne died on March 17, 2014, at Lir Nursing Home, Tournafulla, Newmarket,
Ireland, at the age of 78 years ?of which 53 were spent in missionary life in Ghana,
Uganda and Ireland.
Rest in Peace, Fr. Jim: dear brother of Dave, Jer, Jack, Joe, Moss, Billy, Mary and
the late Eugene, Kathleen and Rita. Deeply regretted by his loving brothers, sister,
brothers-in-law, sisters-in-law, aunt Mary Ann, nephews, nieces, his White Father's
Community, Bishop and Priests of the Diocese of Kerry, relatives, neighbours and friends.
|The following was taken from the White
Fathers' international website
Frans James, or Seamus as he was known in the
Society, was born on the 26th May 1935 in Rockchapel, Ireland.
After his primary education in Ireland, he went to the junior
seminaries of the Society at St. Boswells in Scotland and at the
Priory in England. He studied Philosophy in Broome Hall near
Dorking in England and Blacklion in Ireland. He took the hab
The General Council of the Society proposed him
an appointment to Uganda. He did a language course in Lourdel House
before taking up the post of Regional Treasurer on the 29th December
1993. Shortly afterwards, he was made Superior of Lourdel House in
Kampala. He had inherited a difficult financial and administrative
situation. The work was difficult at times. In 1996, he did a
renewal course in Marienella in Dublin and at the end of it, he
acknowledged that a return to Africa was not possible. He said that
he was 62, not in great health and doubted that he could learn
another language. He had talked with a local priest in Kerry who
suggested that he could work in the Diocese.
(taken from the Message Board April 16th 2014):
I was greatly saddened to hear of Father Seamus death. I was a contemporary of his starting at St, Columba's in September 1949 and going onto the Priory.
Seamus was quite a character, full of fun and with an engaging sense of humour!
There were quite a number students of that year which produced several priests and an Archbishop. Gerard Wynne, Patrick Martin, Fiacre Fahy, Eugene MacBride and Michael Fitzgerald. There was also a very late call to the Priesthood from that year
Tony Guilfoyle was ordained at age 73 as a diocesan priest!!
I send my condolences to family and friends of Seamus at this sad time. He was a great Missionary Priest!! May he rest in Peace.
||Taking the Oath:
Galleydown, early 1950s (L-R) :
Seamus Browne, Ray
Donoghue and John Phillips
|BROWNE James from Rockchapel, Co.Cork
12 years of Vocational training:
St Columba's 1949-1950
The Priory 1950-1954
Broome Hall 1954-55
s'Heerenberg 1956-57 HB58
This is a photo of Seamus outside the old chapel in St. Augustine's, Blacklion, ready for his first mass. (Behind his left shoulder is Eric Creaney, who contributed this photo.
27/08/1961 Blacklion Ireland
Rest in Peace
(source: John Byrne)
(L-R): Joe McIntyre, Bud Greene and John Byrne
12th April 2014
MESSAGE from Patricia Hawkins de Medina:
Monica Iles1936 - 2012
(sister of Paul West)
Carlos de Medina1939 - 2013
The much-loved husband of Patricia Hawkins de Medina
Andrew Rampling1937 - 2014