News Archive - Sad Loss of Retired College Principal
The Education World has been saddened by the loss of Peter Hoddinott, retired Wigan & Leigh College Principal who has died at the age of seventy. Peter who lived in Wrightington, died early on Saturday evening, after a long illness, which he faced with great fortitude and determination. In spite of his illness, he continued to work until the end of November last year. He is survived by his wife Doreen and his son and daughter, Richard and Caroline.
Peter was educated at Sheffield City Grammar and went on to a BSc at London University and a Diploma in Education at Hull University. First arriving in Wigan, when appointed as a Maths Lecturer at Wigan College in September 1958. He was destined to become College Principal of Wigan and Leigh College and held the post of Principal for six years, until his 'retirement' in 1995.
Subsequently, he undertook a variety of important tasks for the L.E.A., at Gateway House - in the Information and Planning Unit - in the planning and implementation of the Millennium North of England Education Conference - and more recently, in an Archive Project. Peter will be sadly missed for his personality, inventiveness and assiduous attention to detail, whatever the Assignment.
Peter served as a Co-opted Member of the Education Committee in its final years and he was also an inaugural member of the original Education and Lifelong Learning Partnership. He was also a Member of the Governors' Forum and served with great distinction as a School Governor at both Shevington High School and Kingsdown High School, where he was Chairman of the Finance Committee. Peter was also a Trustee of the Wigan Foundation for Technical Education.
Eric Lloyd, Wigan & Leigh College Secretary fondly recalls, "Peter was the College. He was Wigan College of Technology and he was Wigan and Leigh College. In 1992 he was the guiding hand when the Colleges at Wigan and Leigh amalgamated to form the present institution. He pioneered computing for College students in the early part of his career and continued his efforts via the local authority, which led to the growth of computing in schools.
Most people in their lives come across giants. Such persons are mentors who guide, who criticise, who make a significant contribution to lives and careers, but most of all who genuinely care. Peter Hoddinott was a giant in my life.
Other tributes from former colleagues, "We would describe Peter as a gentle bear. To those who worked closely with him or came into regular contact with him, he was always very supportive and you left his office feeling better about a problem because he would always listen. His door was always open, he was kind, understanding, and always there for you. He spent his time here, doing what he believed was best for the students, the staff and the College - Edith Humphrey, Educational Services Officer and Carol Fowler, Accommodation and Welfare Officer.
Peter will be sadly missed by all who knew him. The Funeral Service took place 31st January, 2003 - at Wrightington Parish Church.
Donations in lieu of flowers
may be made to "Cancer Research U.K." care of Edwards, Funeral Director,
"Holmewood", Dicconson Terrace, Wigan, WN1 2AA. Alternatively, if you would
prefer, donations may be left with David Davies/Sue Turnbull, at Gateway