Timothy Francis Haggerty
June 29, 1925 - February 16, 2013
Resident of Los Gatos
Timothy F. Haggerty, aged 87, died February 16, 2013, with his family and friends nearby, at the San Jose Healthcare and Wellness Center, where he lived for two years, following a fall and surgery that resulted in multiple complications. His family extends gratitude to the staff for the care Tim received.
Born and raised in San Francisco, with its many theaters, helped Tim develop his serious interest in the performing arts. Tim majored in English at San Francisco State, followed by graduate study at Stanford. He also served in WW II. He arrived at Saratoga High School in 1963 where he would stay until he retired in 1989. Tim was able to influence the principles that established the school's excellence. Insistent on school being what he described as a "place for the care and feeding of the mind," Tim inspired his colleagues and his students in English classes to push themselves intellectually, always demanding their best effort. His main extra-curricular work was director of the school play; he often challenged his drama students by selecting a Shakespearean play for performance. In !984 as a tribute to his successful teaching of Shakespeare, Tim was rewarded by being selected to participate in a summer institute on "Shakespeare: The State of the Art". The program was designed for secondary school teachers of Shakespeare. It was held at the University of Maryland's Center for Renaissance and Baroque Studies. He was also very actively involved in many faculty groups, especially ones focusing on political issues, diversity and social responsibility.
Tim's dedication to teaching came from his reverence for what it means to be a teacher. Again, his words: "This always humble, often thankless, sometimes disparaged job can at its best be so much more...when it's done diligently, faithfully, thoughtfully, and kindly, teaching is an honorable, perhaps...the noblest, calling." Many of his students became lifelong friends, and Tim cherished these relationships.
After retirement Tim enjoyed travel as a means of following his interest in opera and theater. His volunteer work included teaching reading and writing to adult prisoners. Always wanting to stimulate his thinking, Tim was seldom without a book that he was reading and discussing with family and friends, a recent New Yorker, and his treasured journal.
Tim is survived by his son Tim (Elaine) Haggerty, their sons Timothy and Alex and his son Kevin. And he is also survived by his companion Gretchen Gregersen. He was preceded in death by his former wife Jean West Haggerty (1982) and his second wife Ann Wilson Haggerty (2007).
At Tim's request, no memorial service was held. Donations may be made in Tim's name to a
Published in San Jose Mercury News/San Mateo County Times on Mar. 15, 2013