Central Piedmont Community College celebrates and honors the life of Dale F. Halton, who died yesterday, March 21, 2023 at age 85. Halton was known for being the trailblazing CEO of Charlotte's Pepsi Bottling Company, starting in 1981, at a time when few women held the title.
Halton's life and legacy in our Charlotte community was one she dedicated to elevating others, and she gave philanthropically to many different efforts to support education. She is the namesake of the Halton Theater, a 1,020 seat opera house-styled venue located at Central Piedmont's Central Campus.
Halton believed in making opportunities for the marginalized, and inviting others to the table for sharing opportunities. "I think part of my philosophy is, the more you have, the more responsibility you have to help others, and that's where my giving really comes from," said Halton.
We honor Halton for the legacy she leaves at Central Piedmont and many of Charlotte's educational institutions, and for the countless students who have benefited from her making room at her own table.