Charles F. P. Dennison was born in Pennsylvania in 1916. In Rye his family lived at 155 Locust Ave. Charles served as an officer in the U.S. Navy during World War II.
Charles served five years of active duty in the U. S. Navy, as a destroyer engineer officer and later as a teacher at the U. S. Naval Academy in Annapolis, his exit rank a Lieutenant-Commander.
Charles Pugh Dennison, 95, a long-time Princeton resident, died October 27, 2011.
Raised in Rye, N.Y., he went to St. Paul's School in New Hampshire and graduated from Princeton University in 1939. He was an educator at heart and held numerous positions in higher education.
Upon graduation, he taught for two years at St. Andrews School in Delaware, followed by five years of active duty in the U.S. Navy, as a destroyer engineer officer and later as a teacher at the U.S. Naval Academy in Annapolis, his exit rank a Lieutenant-Commander.
He returned briefly to teaching at St. Paul's School, and then earned an MBA at Harvard Business School, and a Doctorate in Education from Teachers College, Columbia University.
He came back to Princeton in 1953 and filled various roles including working with alumni teacher placement and teaching part time at the engineering school at Princeton.
In 1958 he was recruited to the U.S. Office of Education in Washington D.C. where he became the Executive Officer for educational research and development. This led him to two years at the State Department for international policy planning during the Kennedy administration, dealing with world literacy and educational issues of the cold war.
Following this position, he took a two year appointment with Rutgers in a Carnegie supported position which brought him back to Princeton. At the end of his appointment, he returned to the office of education as Regional Director of Higher Education in New York.
In 1970 he accepted the position of the Executive Director of the English Speaking Union of the United States, headquartered in New York.
Since his retirement in 1978, he had been active in both university and community interests and causes. He volunteered for the Trenton Public Schools, the Princeton Regional schools, and was a trustee of the Westminster Choir College. He was also a member of the Nassau Club, Pretty Brook Tennis Club, Springdale Golf Club, Princeton Society of Musical Amateurs, and the Princeton and Union Clubs of N.Y.
He is survived by his wife of 53 years, Jane; his daughters, Anne and Laura; his stepson, James D. Wharton; and five grandchildren.
A memorial service will be held on Saturday, November 26 at 11 a.m. at the Princeton University Chapel.
Arrangements are under the direction of The Mather-Hodge Funeral Home, Princeton.