PRESQUE ISLE – Kenneth C. Petress, 70, passed away May 21, 2010, at a Presque Isle hospital. He was born Nov. 1, 1939, in Chicago, the son of Charles and Margaret (French) Petress. Kenneth served in the U.S. Navy during the Vietnam War. Kenneth dedicated his life to learning and teaching others. He earned a Bachelor of Science in education in 1977 and a Master of Arts in communication in 1979 from Northern Illinois University. He also received his doctor of philosophy from Louisiana State University in 1988. Kenneth began his teaching career as an instructor in the computer science department for Bryant & Stratton College, 1965-1968, as well as CBS Holt schools, 1969-1971. Kenneth taught at many other different levels and also taught in the Peoples Republic of China on many occasions. He finished his career as a professor in the English and fine arts department at the University of Maine at Presque Isle. At times, Kenneth was also called into administrative positions, such as being the assistant director of the computer science department for CBS Holt schools, teleprocessing supervisor of the computer science department for Northern Illinois University, coordinator of the communication and literature as well as the science department for U.M.P.I. He also conducted several workshops and spoke at various seminars related to his field. He was a well-respected educator, and will be missed by both his coworkers and students. At his request, there will be no services. Arrangements are in the care of Duncan-Graves Funeral Home, Presque Isle. Online condolences may be expressed at www.duncan-graves.com.