Charles (Charley) Fillmore Peterson, Ph.D., M.S., B.S. Pharm.

Charles (Charley) Fillmore Peterson, Ph.D., M.S., B.S. Pharm.

May 11, 1920 (Indianapolis, IN) – March 12, 2019 (Newtown, PA)

Quaker Memorial Service

Open to All

Saturday, May 11

10:00 a.m.

Abington Friends Meeting

520 Meetinghouse Road

(Entrance on Greenwood Avenue)

Jenkintown, PA  19406


Dr. Charles (Charley) Fillmore Peterson was born on May 11, 1920 in Indianapolis, IN. He is survived by his wife Ruth (Newtown, PA) and children Tom, (Quakertown, PA), Tim (Buckingham, PA), David (Willow Grove, PA), and Georgia (Portland, OR) and a grandson Eric (Philadelphia, PA).

Charley’s life as a world traveler began at age three when he accompanied his missionary parents to Western China near the Tibetan border where they served among the Tibetan people.

A pacifist, Charley was allowed to enlist in the United States Army as a Medical Officer and finish his bachelor of science in pharmacy degree while being relieved of arms training and carrying arms. He survived the Battle of the Bulge as a member of the 28th Infantry Division and finished his time in Europe by servicing the trains carrying Jewish survivors of the Holocaust. His war experience along with his strong family values contributed to his lifelong passion for peace activism.

Charley earned a bachelor of science in pharmacy degree from University of Southern California and master of science and doctor of philosophy degrees in pharmacy from Purdue University. He was appointed as Associate Professor of Pharmacy at Temple University School of Pharmacy for the Fall Semester in 1956 and retired as Professor of Pharmacy Practice in 1988.  

In 1973, while on sabbatical, Charley served as Visiting Professor of Pharmacy at the University of Panama. He drove to Panama with Ruth and their 16-year-old son and 12-year-old daughter in a Dodge Dart with a ten-foot-long house trailer. Along the way, he visited pharmacy schools in Mexico and other countries in Central America.

The summer following his retirement in June of 1988, square dancers Charley and Ruth traveled abroad with a group of 4H cloggers. They performed in Tivoli Garden in Copenhagen, Denmark, a resort in Minsk, Belarus, and in Gorky Park, Moscow. They also square danced at the American Pavilion at the World’s Fair in Seville, Spain. They continued dancing for many years.

In 1992, as a part of the Peace and Justice March through Central America,

Charley marched with Buddhist monks in Costa Rica. Near the Nicaraguan border, he caught dengue fever and had to return to San Jose.

Charley was a charter member of the Bucks County Chapter of the United Nations Association (UNA). He attended annual meetings of the UNA in Washington, DC and United Nations (UN) meetings in New York, NY. He wrote letters to the editors of local papers and visited congressmen urging support for the UN and issues of armament and peace.

Charley and Ruth celebrated their 75th wedding anniversary on January 18, 2019 at the Pennswood Village community in Newtown, PA where they have lived for 24 years.

On March 12, 2019, Charley died at his home from metastatic prostate cancer and renal failure.