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Peter C. Dalton

Peter C. Dalton of Havana, a longtime faculty member at Florida State University, died Wednesday 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 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 (MA) 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 as an intern on the staff of John McCormack, speaker of the U.S. House of Representatives, working behind the scenes on preparations for the inauguration of President Lyndon B. 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, an editor at Babson College in Wellesley, MA.

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 behind 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 at a later date.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Florida State University Philosophy Foundation.

Published in Tallahassee Democrat on Nov. 22, 2013
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