William Creighton Peden III ’57

William Creighton Peden III '57Dr. William Creighton Peden III was born in Concord, North Carolina on July 25, 1935. He passed away at his home in Highlands on August 25, 2016.

Creighton was the Fuller E. Callaway Professor emeritus of Philosophy at Augusta University as well as co‑founder and 21‑year president of the Highlands Institute for American Religious and Philosophical Thought.

A passionate educator and scholar, he chaired fifteen international conferences, lectured at over forty universities in twelve countries, founded two prominent academic journals, wrote well over one‑hundred articles and chapters and authored or edited over thirty books.

He was preceded in death by his wife, Harriet “Frissy” McKnight Peden.

He is survived by two daughters: Lisa Peden Patzer of Alpharetta, GA and Elaine Peden Foster of Atlanta, GA; a stepson: Paul Taylor York of Augusta, GA; and six grandchildren: Jason Hollis Foster, Beau Peden Foster, Tyler Mark Patzer, Laci Rose Patzer, Kylie Shea York and Keaton Taylor York.

A memorial service will be held Saturday, September 3, 2016 at 11:00 AM at The Mountain Retreat and Learning Center, 3872 Dillard Road, Highlands, NC 28741 in the Great Hall. If traveling from Highlands it is recommended to use the second entrance.

In lieu of flowers memorial donations may be made to National MS Society, P.O. Box 4527, New York, NY 10163

Bryant‑Grant Funeral Home and Crematory is serving the Peden family.  Online condolences are available at bryantgrantfuneralhome.com.