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Peter C. Dalton

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Peter C. Dalton of Havana, FL., a Wellesley native and longtime faculty member at Florida State University, died Nov. 20, 2013 at his home after a lengthy illness. He was 68. Dalton was an associate professor of philosophy at Florida State, where he began teaching in 1972. He taught his final two classes last spring after being diagnosed with brain cancer. He won several teaching awards at Florida State, including the 1990 College of Arts and Sciences Award for Excellence in Undergraduate Teaching. A former president of the Florida Philosophical Association, he served for many years as editor of the journal, Social Theory and Practice. He was a former associate chairman of the Philosophy Department, and published numerous articles in philosophical journals. Dalton graduated from Wellesley High School in 1963, where he played varsity football and basketball. He graduated summa cum laude from Northwestern University in 1968 and was a member of Phi Beta Kappa. While earning a doctorate at the University of Rochester in Rochester, N.Y., he was awarded a Woodrow Wilson Fellowship. Before entering Northwestern, Dalton served on the staff of John McCormack, speaker of the U.S. House of Representatives, and worked behind the scenes on preparations for the inauguration of President Lyndon Johnson. He was the son of the late Cornelius Dalton, a political editor and columnist for the former Boston Herald-Traveler, and the late Frances Dalton, who was editor of the alumni magazine at Babson College. He was the devoted husband of Carole Dalton, his wife of 46 years, closest friend and the love of his life. In addition to his wife, he leaves two sons, Jeffrey of Tallahassee and Michael of Havana; a daughter, Carla of Tallahassee; three grandchildren, Lauren, Carly Johnson and Lucy Dore, all of Tallahassee; a great-grandson, Trace, of Tallahassee; and several nieces and nephews. He also leaves two brothers, Thomas and his wife, Wilma, of Lynnfield, MA, and Stephen and his wife, Gloria, of Washington, D.C.; and The Gs, a group of high school friends who were like brothers. A memorial service will be held Dec. 6 in Tallahassee. Donations may be made to the Florida State University Philosophy Foundation, c/o Karen Foulke, Department of Philosophy, 151 Dodd Hall, 641 University Way, Tallahassee, FL, 32306-1500.

Published in The Wellesley Townsman from Nov. 23 to Nov. 30, 2013
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