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DR CORNEL DA COSTA

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DR CORNELDr Cornel DaCosta, husband of Nancy, father of Joanna and Jessica passed away suddenly on 10 September, 2010 at King’s College Hospital, London, after suffering a heart attack. His death is of special significance to Kenyans as not only was he a son of the soil but had been engaged for some years in writing the biography of our
much loved and revered, Pio Gama Pinto. This book is long overdue and it is not known as yet as to how far the biographer had progressed.

Cornel was born in Mombasa, Kenya, where he completed his schooling at the Goan High School, followed by a teacher training course, also in Mombasa. During this time he developed a passion for music, playing the saxophone in dance bands. He travelled to the UK in 1962 for further study. He lived in London which he found to be a wonderful cosmopolitan city full of culture and obtained several qualifications including a PhD and a Diploma in International Affairs.

He had a passion for education, in particular higher education and teacher training. He taught at the Institute of Education, University of London, the Middlesex University and at the University of East London, teaching students from undergraduate to PhD level.

In 1981, Cornel with his colleague Colin Mably, founded the International Society for Teacher Education (ISTE). This society was highly successful in promoting international collaborative work among academics and students and only this year, Cornel travelled to South America for the 30th Annual Seminar.

He has co-authored 3 textbooks on higher education with K Gokulsing, his colleague, and has attended many international conferences and presented many papers. He
was also Professor of Education at Florida State University and supervised American students on secondment to London. Cornel travelled widely and was actively engaged in the Goan community, writing articles for the Goan Voice (UK) and Goanet.

Cornel loved life and was known to many as a musician, teacher, academic and writer. He suffered from arthritis for many years which gave him severe pain; but he rarely complained and always maintained a positive outlook. He moved with his family to Petts Wood, Kent in 1986 where he lived for 24 years.

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