Peter C. Dalton ’67

Peter C. Dalton ’67, associate professor of philosophy at Florida State University, died November 20, 2013, at his home in Havana, Fla. He was born in Boston on January 12, 1945, and graduated from Wellesley (Mass.) High School, where he played varsity football and basketball. He attended Bowdoin from 1963 to 1964, a member of Kappa Sigma fraternity. He then served as an intern on the staff of speaker of the U.S. House of Representatives John McCormack, working behind the scenes on preparations for the inauguration of President Lyndon B. Johnson. He went on to graduate summa cum laude, a member of Phi Beta Kappa, from Northwestern University in 1968. He earned a master’s degree from the University of Rochester in 1971 and, while earning a doctorate there, he was awarded a Woodrow Wilson Dissertation Fellowship. He earned his PhD in 1972 and immediately began teaching at Florida State, where he remained for forty-one years. He taught his final two classes in the spring of 2013, 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 he published numerous articles in philosophical journals. He is survived by his wife of forty-six years, Carole Witwer Dalton; sons Jeffrey and Michael Dalton; daughter Carla Dalton; three grandchildren; a great-grandson; and brothers Thomas and Stephen Dalton.

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