Charles Pedersen, attorney, executive

Charles Richard Pedersen of 2 Peaceable Hill Road, a retired attorney who had been a senior vice president at American Can Company, died Friday, Oct. 26, in Ormond Beach, Fla., where he has a winter home. He was 78 years old and the husband of Muriel Jones Pedersen.
The Pedersens were in Florida to celebrate their 50th wedding anniversary, which occurred on Oct. 25.
Born and raised in Havre, Mont., Mr. Pedersen was a captain in the U.S. Army, serving in Europe during World War II. He received his bachelor’s degree in economics from the University of Montana in 1947 and his law degree, cum laude, from Harvard Law School in 1950.
For many years he was a member of the law firm Dewey, Ballantine, Bushby, Palmer and Wood in New York City. In 1969, he was named senior vice president and general counsel at American Can Company/Primerica, where he worked until his retirement in 1988.
Mr. Pedersen moved with his family to Ridgefield from Matawan, N.J., in 1967.
Mr. Pedersen was an avid traveler and dedicated supporter of animal conservation efforts. “He loved a good martini, a good cigar, and good jazz,” said his daughter, Suni Harford. “His humor, wisdom and guidance will be sorely missed.”
Besides his wife, Mr. Pedersen is survived by his children: Charles Richard Pedersen Jr. of Round Rock, Texas, Kirk Pedersen of Berwyn, Pa., Lloyd Pedersen of Bolton, Suni Harford of New York City, and Kari Dooley of Newtown; and by 11 grandchildren.
A memorial service will take place at St. Stephen's Church in Ridgefield on Saturday, Nov. 10, at 4.
Contributions in his memory may be made to the Visiting Nurse Association of Ridgefield, 90 East Ridge, Ridgefield 06877 or the Wildlife Conservation Society, c/o MaryBeth Gaffney, Bronx Zoo, Bronx, NY 10460.