July 11, 2020

Death of Charles Frederick Dey, Formerly of Lyme, CT, Announced; Head of Choate-Rosemary 1973-1991, Winner of Numerous Awards

These are extracts from Mr. Dey’s full obituary, which was published in the Hartford Courant at this link.¬†

On April 16, 2020, Charles Frederick Dey died peacefully at home in Walpole, NH, at the age of 89. Charley, or “Doc,” to his Dartmouth friends, wanted to be remembered first and foremost as an educator who worked to bring about positive change. During his 60 years as a teacher, an administrator and a social entrepreneur, Charley fought for racial equity and equal educational opportunity …

Following eighteen years of service at Choate Rosemary, Charley and [his wife] Phoebe moved to Lyme, CT. Together they tended to gardens and bluebirds in the fields surrounding their 1720’s Cape. Before long, Charley was bringing his experience and passion to the disability world …

Although Charley was never one to seek the spotlight, it often found him. In 2002, he was awarded the Tucker Foundation’s first Lester B. Granger Award for his dedication to education, racial equality and public service. He received the inaugural Purpose Prize from¬†Encore.org in 2006, given to social entrepreneurs who in their later years contribute substantially to society. Harvard’s Graduate School of Education honored him with an Alumni Council Award in 2010, in recognition of his “deep and lasting impact on the world.” …

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