Br. Kenneth Fitzgerald, FSC

Br. Kenneth Fitzgerald, FSC

Associate Professor Emeritus of Mathematics and Computer Science
Volunteer Tutor in Mathematics

Br. Kenneth was born in 1930 in the current Parkchester section of the Bronx. His parents were from County Kerry, Ireland. He attended St. Raymond's grammar school run by the De La Salle Christian Brothers and went to St. Joseph's High School in Barrytown, NY. In 1973, Br. Kenneth came to Manhattan College to join the mathematics department. He was moderator of the Irish Cultural Society (now called the Gaelic Society) and began the College's bagpipe band. Br. Kenneth also created a course in computer literacy, which is still offered every semester. Br. Kenneth was an early proponent of coeducation, suggesting in 1973 to a member of the Faculty Council that since the Brothers taught women at the College of Mount St. Vincent, they should be allowed to officially enroll at Manhattan. He retired from full time teaching in 1996. He enjoys reading, golf and swimming. He was formerly a skier.
 
Educational Background:
  • B.S. Physics, The Catholic University of America, 1952. 
  • M.A. Mathematics, Manhattan College, 1958
  • Ph.D. Numerical Analysis, The Catholic University of America, 1970
Area of expertise: 
Numerical Analysis (combination of computers and mathematics) His dissertation received worldwide recognition
 
On becoming a Brother: 
Because of my relationship with the Brothers at St. Raymond's, I felt the call at age 13 to join them. I attended St. Joseph's High School, a school specifically for those boys who might be interested in joining the Brothers. I officially entered the outfit of the Christian Brothers in 1947. I have never looked back and enjoyed every minute!
 
Other Brothers who have been mentors or inspirations:
Br. John McNamara (deceased)
 
What has been a meaningful experience for you in teaching? 
Working with the slower students in class and helping them succeed most of the time!
 
What has been a meaningful experience outside of teaching?
Dealing with students outside of the classroom and helping them with their personal problems. I always encourage a strong relationship with the students, especially socially and personally.
 
On his assignments as a Brother:
They have all been very satisfying, but dealing with the older college students has been most satisfying.
 
What do you consider to be your greatest contributions to the College?
My effectiveness as a faculty member, in and out of the classroom. And forming the bagpipe band!
 
How do you see the College developing in the future?
Pretty much the same but still keeping a definite interest in the disadvantaged student both with financial aid and special programs.
 
Career at Manhattan:
  • Department of Mathematics and Computer Science, 1971 1996
  • Chairman, Department of Mathematics and Computer Science, 8 years
  • Moderator, Irish Cultural Society
  • Founder, Manhattan Bagpipe Band
Prior to coming to Manhattan, Br. Kenneth taught at Holy Name School (1952-54) and La Salle Academy (1954-55) in New York City, St. Josephs High School in Barrytown, NY (1955-58) and De La Salle College in Hyattsville, MD (1958-60). He has also served as the Director of the Brothers Community of Manhattan College.