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Dr. Peter Dawson

Obituary of Dr. Peter E. Dawson

Peter “Pete” Emanuel Dawson, 89, of St. Petersburg, Florida peacefully passed away on July 27, 2019 at Mission Hospital in Asheville, North Carolina.   He was surrounded by his loving family and some very special friends.Born and raised in St. Petersburg, Florida, he graduated from St. Petersburg Junior College, and Emory University School of Dentistry in Atlanta, GA.  He served two years in the Air Force from 1954-1956 and was stationed in Tachikawa, Japan.  In 1956 he returned home and opened his first dental practice. His clinical practice life expanded, and he became a world renowned educator and author.He was preceded in death by his beloved wife Jodie; his parents, Douglas and Mildred Ann Dawson, his brothers Al, Tom, Jack, and sisters Terry and Grace.Pete is survived by his son Mark (Christine), daughters Anne, Kelly (Bill), and Cary (Ron); grandchildren, Shannon, Charles Ryan, Raleigh, Parker, Casey, Bailey, Hayden, and Lawton; sister Cel and numerous nieces and nephews.Pete’s greatest loves were for God, his family, and his profession. He encouraged so many dentists and lab technicians from around the world to not only love their profession, which he called the greatest hobby in the world, but to also live balanced lives. He loved his family, his church, teaching Sunday school and Bible studies in NC. He also loved music, golf, cooking and get-togethers with family and friends.  In his younger days he loved sailing, tennis, hunting, fishing, and gardening. He inspired others to spend time on what really matters most.  He was a giant in the world of Dentistry, but he was also an amazing husband, dad, grandfather, brother, and uncle.Visitation will be Thursday, August 29, 2019 at Anderson McQueen Funeral Home from 5:00pm to 7:00pm.

Peter’s Celebration of Life will be on Friday, August 30, 2019 at Calvary Chapel Fellowship Church at 1:00pm. 


In lieu of flowers, memorial donations in honor of Dr. Dawson may be made to the following organizations he loved so much.


Christ Church of the Valley, PO Box 2863 Cashiers, NC 28717

Christian Medical & Dental Association (CMDA) Dental Ministry program, PO Box 7500, Bristol, TN 37621 referencing Dr. Dawson

Calvary Chapel Fellowship 3800 17th Ave N, St. Petersburg, FL 33713 referencing Dr. Peter E. Dawson may visit the family's personalized online guestbook at

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5:00 pm - 7:00 pm
Thursday, August 29, 2019
Anderson-McQueen NESP
2201 Dr MLK Street N
Saint Petersburg, Florida, United States

Funeral Service

1:00 pm - 3:00 pm
Friday, August 30, 2019
Calvary Chapel Fellowship
3800 17th Ave N
St. Petersburg, Florida, United States


To be held privately for family only at Calvary Catholic Cemetery