Michael G. Petit

October 17, 1938June 27, 2018
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It is with great sadness that we announce the passing of Michael G. Petit. On June 27th, he succumbed to complications of liver cancer. He leaves behind his wife Violette Petit, sister Suzy VanderKlok, a daughter, as well three sons and two grandchildren.

Michael was born in Brooklyn NY in 1938. He enlisted in the Navy and served in San Diego as a corpsman. After his Navy service, he graduated from the University of California San Diego and in 1969 received his PhD in physical chemistry from the University of California Santa Barbara. In 1970 he took a teaching position at Colorado State University. While there, he worked on two major bat related research projects that required field research in the jungles of Mexico and the American southwest. In 1984 he founded his own patent law practice in Santa Barbara specializing medical and highly technical patent applications. Michael 'retired' to Long Island in 2007 and taught chemistry at Suffolk County Community College as an adjunct professor. He will be deeply missed as a brother, husband, father and by his extended family. The world is slightly less interesting than it was before.

Memorial to be determined. Donations in his name can be made to Bat Conservation International.


  • Visitation Sunday, July 1, 2018
  • Prayer Service Sunday, July 1, 2018

Michael G. Petit

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Laird Cummings

July 1, 2018

"Big Mike," as our family has known him - as I knew him - was a large presence. He was a study in contrasts - the skilled and erudite academic, and the avid outdoorsman. He was a father, but also much of a child himself. He was a good man, but also a flawed man. Ultimately, he was more of a good man than anything else.

Fair Winds and Following Seas.

Mike & Fran Falco

June 28, 2018

Dear Violet and Family,

Mike was a true gentleman. I loved playing cards and golf with him. He played to the end even tho we all didn’t know he was so sick as he never complained. We both had a wonderful experience with him as he told us his stories when he was a professor at Colorado State University. He spoke of experiences in the Grand Canyon and of his experience as a professor of chemistry. He was just so interesting to listen to. He also spoke of Violet and his three sons and grandchildren in California. They were waiting to take the trip to see them. Condolences to Violet, their families. Mike & Fran