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Alan Cecil Petigny

Gainesville, Florida

Jul 5, 1965 – Sep 24, 2013

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I'm so saddened to hear this news. Alan was always such a remarkable fellow, and one I admired the first day we met in High School. Alan had such a knack of engaging me in such wonderful conversations; and destroying me in racket ball. My living so far from friends like Alan takes such a toll. As always, I miss him.

Gentle, droll to perfection, and that incisive mind. Time was so well spent with Alan it was, on reflection, almost shocking. But one was never shocked with Alan, things were so easy going with him. He showed us something of the beau ideal of friendship.

My deepest condolences to Alan's family and friends. It's been over ten years since I last saw Alan, but he's someone I've always considered a good friend, all the way back to high school He was smart, funny, and a good man, and I am so stunned and saddened to learn of his passing.

Alan was such an unfailingly friendly person. We first met in an elevator more than twenty years ago when he mistook me for a fellow student. Later we became colleagues. Never once, I think, did our paths cross without his coming up with something cheerful to say, something that made the day a bit better. I called him “Monsieur le Baron,” because one of his distant ancestors in Haiti had been made a baron. But he was a bit of a prince, too.

It was with great sadness that I heard news of Alan's passing. For more than 6 years we were colleagues at the University of Florida; for some of that time I was his head of department. As a scholar, Alan combined a genuine curiosity about the sources and nature of ideas and social trends with a kind of intellectual contrariness of the best kind: he never let you settle for easy assumptions or glib generalizations, but always challenged you to test those assumptions and anchor those...

I deeply regret not having spent more time with Alan. The occasions we met were almost entirely confined to the periods he spent in Princeton (where I then lived) as a fellow of the James Madison Program or on research related visits thereafter.
Alan was, of course, an usually gifted and imaginative scholar with an important career ahead of him, but what for me was most distinctive about him was his interest in ideas, pure and simple, rather than as things to be pursued basically for a...

Sorry for your loss, may the God of all comfort, bring comfort to your family. 2 cor:1:3

Pearl, our prayers are with you and your family. We cannot imagine the grief of losing a son. Clearly he was a good son who made you very proud. If there is anything we can do, please call. Dan has been down with a virus all week and we are trying to keep him away from people to keep it confined. Pat and Dan Ferree

My son, Justin Newman, was a student of Dr. Petigny's for two semesters at UF. They became very good friends. Visiting both before and after every class discussing the world we live in. Alan and he had lunch together many, many times over those two semesters. Alan would send Justin off to get pizza, sandwiches or something from the Pita Pit.

Justin is devastated at the loss of his professor and mentor, but most of all his friend. Alan will be greatly missed. We are so sorry...


Alan's Obituaries

Dr. Alan C. Petigny, 48, of Tampa, passed away September 24, 2013 in Gainesville, FL. He was born in Queens, NY, July 5, 1965 and grew up in New York, Ontario, Canada and Paris, France before moving to Tampa in 1981. Alan graduated from Chamberlain High school and completed his B.A. at the USF...

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