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Dale Dean Glendening, Jr.

Thursday, December 27, 2018

Saturday, January 5, 2019

11:00 AM

Morningside Presbyterian Church



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Dale Dean Glendening Jr., 72, of Decatur, Georgia died Dec. 27, 2018. Born in Bremer, Germany, Dale is preceded death by his parents Dale Dean Glendening Sr. and Luella Nordan Glendening of Fayetteville, N.C., and his sister Carolyn Sue Holcombe of Greenville, S.C. He is survived by his Life Partner of 25 years, Robert William Gray of Decatur, G.A.; a brother, Jeffrey Douglass Glendening, of Fayetteville, N.C. Dale graduated with a Bachelor of Science (B.S.) in Mathematics and Juris Doctorate (J.D.) degrees from Wake Forest University. He served Honorably as an officer in the United States Army. Dale entered private practice as an Attorney. He was a member of the Florida and North Carolina State Bars. Later in his career, he was appointed as an Administrative Law Judge. His service in this capacity took him to Montana and later to Georgia. On his last assignment, he was an Administrative Law Judge with the Social Security Administration, Office of Disability Adjudication and Review assigned to the North Atlanta region in Georgia. He was elected to and served several terms on the National Board of Association of Administrative Law Judges. In his role as the National Grievance Chair for the judges, he helped judges who were located all over the country. He also traveled extensively as a member of the judges’ national bargaining team. He was a crucial participant on this specialized team that worked on a judges’ contract which protects judicial independence and quality of service. Dale, co-authored with Judge Jeffrey S. Wolfee, and published a paper entitled “Through the Disability Looking Glass: A Considered Response to Professor Pashler’s Wild Social Security Hare”. Surviving in addition to his brother & life partner, is Sister-in-Law, Sue Glendening of Fayetteville N.C.; three nieces, Stephanie Quinn Bowen of Brooklyn, N.Y., Adrienne Sue Smith of Charlotte, N.C., Tina Nicole Norris-Main of Charlotte, N.C.; two nephews, Timothy Shawn Bowen of Marietta, G.A. and Patrick James Bowen of Greenville, S.C.; In lieu of flowers, the family request that donations be made to the Thornwell Home for Children or Morningside Presbyterian Church. Thornwell Home for the Children is located in Clinton, S.C. Donations may be made on line at . You may also contact them by phone for alternative ways to donate at 888-310-9387. Morningside Presbyterian Church is located at 1411 North Morningside Drive., NE Atlanta, Georgia 30306. You may also contact the church at 404.876.7396 for any additional instructions. A Celebration of Dale’s life will be held on Saturday, January 5 at 11:00 a.m. It will be held at Morningside Presbyterian Church. The Church is located at 1411 North Morningside Dr., NE Atlanta, Georgia 30306

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The Fischer Family
The Fischer Family would like to extend their sincere condolences and sympathies during this difficult time.
Georgia McGaugheyJan 20 2019 07:54 am
We just received this devastating news of Dale's passing. I was out of the country (and still live out of the country) and was in Atlanta over New Year's for two days. I had just emailed Dale on the 22nd of Dec and we had planned to meet at my mother's on the 31st. Obviously I now know why he wasn't there - although I had emailed him, he clearly couldn't respond. Please let me know if there's a possibility of talking with his brother. Robert married me and my first husband in 1995 - he had Dale have been in our lives for decades and at the time of my father's passing, both Dale and Robert met us at the hospital to say prayers to my father. We are so sad for the loss of Dale and at a loss of what to say - the words don't reach.
MaeJan 18 2019 12:36 am
"He heals the brokenhearted and binds up their wounds."(Psalms 147:3) This assurance speaks to God's desire to comfort you during this difficult time. He promises "death will be no more."(Revelation 21:4)This ptomise offers you the hope of seeing your loved one again. My condolences."
Barbara Licha PerkinsJan 15 2019 08:39 pm
I just learned of Dale’s passing, and am deeply saddened. I knew Dale for the last 15 years, as a fellow administrative law judge, also active in the AALJ. Dale was one of the finest, principled persons I have had the pleasure to know. I feel blessed having had him as a friend. My heart goes out to all of you who were close to him, and especially to his partner, Robert.
ArtinaJan 8 2019 09:28 pm
My sincere condolences for your loss may the God of comfort be with your family during this most difficult time. Please find comfort from these words 2Corinthians 1:3, 4 and Isaiah 25:8.
Walter JohnsonJan 5 2019 07:28 pm
I played high school basketball with Dale in Cary, NC and enjoyed his friendship. Dale was an excellent student and gave his all to the team. A member of our team's alumni club, Adam's Hoopsters, Dale carried our pride of performance into his adulthood. Rest well Dale. You were first team all the way. Walt Johnson
Linda A. StagnoJan 4 2019 02:07 pm
I find it difficult, if not impossible, to put into mere words the depth of my feeling for Dale. But, Dale loved words (and poems and books and song lyrics) so I will try. I first met Dale when I joined the Association of Administrative Law Judges Board in 2009. Our backgrounds could not have been more different-he was a southern gentleman and I am a “tell it like it is” New Yorker. We hit if off immediately and established a longstanding, intimate friendship despite living a thousand miles apart. When you were lucky enough to be brought into Dale’s orbit, the rewards were great. Dale was the kindest and most considerate person I have known. His sense of humor, compassion and thoughtfulness were boundless. He sent me gifts, books, cds, funny or poignant emails, cards and letters. We telephoned each other and chatted about almost everything, even after he retired three years ago. He even extended his gracious generosity to my father and daughter, sending them cards and books. And, while many people might send gifts to their friends’ extended families, Dale did something more-he told my family members how important a friend I was to him and how much he valued me. This was a special man. I will best remember Dale in two ways: as an intelligent, eloquent and dignified colleague who, with quiet strength, advocated for our judge members and as a laughing, thoughtful and generous friend whose cloak of love and friendship could be felt whether he was standing next to you or was many miles away. My 2019 resolution is to be more like Dale every day and in every way. I will treasure his memory and hope that I can live up to the impossibly high standards he set for us while he was on this earth. Judge Linda Stagno
Becky AdamsJan 3 2019 11:12 am
Dale, there are no words to express how much richer my life has been because of you: professionally, spiritually and emotionally. There will always be an empty place in my heart without you. Thank you for so much. I will always love you.
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