Former superintendent of schools in Seymour dies at 82
Philip Michael Fallon — who served as an elementary school principal in Darien, a director of elementary education in Trumbull and as superintendent of schools in Seymour and Watertown — died Wednesday at the age of 82.
Fallon, who was living in Fichburg, Mass., died from idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis — a lung disease. He was surrounded by his family and close friends.
Fallon was born in Fitchburg, Mass., on June 21, 1937, according to his obituary. He went to St. Leo’s Elementary School in Leominster, where he lived for most of his childhood. He later went on to attend St. Bernard’s High School and then transferred to Leominster High School, where he graduated in 1956.
Growing up, the obituary said, Fallon was “interested in all sports, but baseball was his passion.”
He received a baseball scholarship to Florida State University in 1956, but ended up transferring to Fitchburg State College. He graduated in 1960. He got his Master’s Degree from the University of Southern California in 1964 and his doctorate from Nova Southeast University in 1975.
His forty-year career in education started with him teaching middle school in the Rowland School District in West Covina, Calif. He eventually rose up the ranks to become a middle school principal there.
Then, Fallon returned to the East Coast.
In 1970, he took a job as an elementary school principal in Darien. He also served as director of elementary education in Trumbull for 16 years before he became superintendent of schools in Seymour and Watertown.
In 1986, he returned to his roots as superintendent of schools in Fitchburg, Mass. He stayed in that role for 16 years until he retired in 2002.
The obituary said he was active in several professional community and civic organizations, including the Massachusetts Association of School Superintendents, Fitchburg Rotary Club, Oak Hill Country Club, Multi-Service Agency. Fallon was a founding member of an organization called Adult Learning in the Fitchburg Area.
“Irish songs, rooting for the Red Sox, playing golf and spending time with family were hobbies Phil loved in his later years,” the obituary said.
The obituary said Fallon loved spending time in Wells, Maine, with his wife Patricia (Kalagher). She died in 2013. Fallon is also predeceased by his son, Greg.
Fallon is survived by three sons, three daughters and nine grandchildren. He is also survived by his first wife and nine nephews and nieces.
The family will hold services for Fallon in Fitchburg, Mass., later this month. In lieu of flowers, the family asks for donations to be made in memory of Dr. Philip M. Fallon to the Fitchburg Public School Educational Scholarship Fund at cfncm.org.