Guide to the Oral history interview with Charles F. Dey, 2002 March 29Manuscript DOH-8


Charles Dey was born on December 15, 1930 in Newark, New Jersey. He completed his undergraduate degree at Dartmouth in 1952 and following naval duty, Dey started his career as a teaching fellow and history instructor at Phillips Academy Andover before returning to Dartmouth in 1960 as Assistant Dean of the College. In 1962, he was a regional representative for the Peace Corps in the Philippine Islands as one of the Peace Corps' first in-country directors. In 1963, Dey returned to Dartmouth as Associate Dean. At this time he also established Dartmouth's A Better Chance (B.A.C) summer transition program to help minority students qualify for private secondary schools. Dey became Dean of the Tucker Foundation in 1967. He initiated local poverty programs, collaboration with a black college in Alabama and educational opportunities for Native Americans. He developed Tucker Internships in rural and inner-city communities, including establishment of a Dartmouth Learning Center in Jersey City, N.J. He left Dartmouth in 1973 to become the first head of the combined Choate School and Rosemary Hall. After retiring from Choate Rosemary Hall in 1991, Dey launched the Start On Success (SOS) program for the National Organization on Disability.

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