Dale S. Collinson

Dale Stanley Collinson

Dale Stanley Collinson, 75, of Chevy Chase, Maryland, and Oak Bluffs died on September 28 from complications associated with the bone marrow disease MDS.

Dale was born in Tulsa, Oklahoma, on September 1, 1938. He graduated from Northwest Classen High School in Oklahoma City, and received his B.A. in politics and economics from Yale University and his LL.B. from Columbia Law School.

Dale worked as a director at KPMG for seven years. While at KPMG, Dale was the co-editor in chief of the Journal of Taxation of Financial Products and a fellow of the American College of Tax Counsel. Prior to working for KPMG, he acted as special counsel at the Internal Revenue Service, was head of the Tax Department for Willkie Farr & Gallagher in New York City, and served as tax legislative counsel at the Treasury Department during the Ford Administration. Dale began his legal career as a clerk for Justice Paul R. Hays of the U.S. Court of Appeals, 2nd Circuit, and then clerked for Supreme Court Justice Byron White from 1964-1966. Following his clerkships, Dale was on the faculty of Stanford Law School until his return to Washington in 1972.

In addition to his many professional achievements, Dale will be remembered for his love of tennis, bridge, and wildlife — and his wry sense of humor. He was a proud member of the baritone section of the National Philharmonic Chorale and enjoyed Montgomery College’s Summer Choral Institutes as well. He was a member of the Martha’s Vineyard Historical Society, East Chop Tennis Club, and the East Chop Beach Club where he loved a good afternoon swim. Mocha chip ice cream from Mad Martha’s was on his list of favorite things on the Vineyard.

Dale is survived by his wife, Susan Waring Collinson of Oak Bluffs, his son, Stuart David Collinson of Winooski, Vermont, his daughter ,Eleanor Hunt Collinson, of Washington, D.C., his brother, Randolph Bonds Collinson, of Tulsa, Oklahoma, his nieces Ann Dunahoo of Atlanta, Georgia, and Julie White of Tulsa, and other family and friends.

Memorial services are being planned in Washington, D.C., in October and Martha’s Vineyard in November. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be given to the National Philharmonic at Strathmore Music Center in Bethesda, MD.

The family of Dale Stanley Collinson wishes to thank the staff of Suburban Hospital, Adventist Home Assistance and Home Healthcare, and the Washington Home & Community Hospices for their compassionate care.