COLLEGE PARK, MD. – Dale Francis Gerry, 62, peacefully passed away Oct. 6, 2012, at his home, after a short and sudden illness. He was born April 18, 1950, in Bangor, son of the late Richard W. and Corinne (Paddock) Gerry.
Dale graduated from Orono High School in 1968. During his freshman year, he was the smallest varsity football player in the state of Maine. He then attended the University of Maine, where he held several executive offices, competed in wrestling, was elected to the University’s Senior Skulls, was a brother of Lambda Chi Alpha fraternity, and graduated in 1972 with a bachelor’s degree in political science and history. In 1972, Dale was hired to work as a district representative for the then-Congressman William Cohen. Then in 1978, Dale served as the campaign coordinator for William Cohen’s successful bid for the U.S. Senate. For the next 18 years, he advised Sen. Cohen as a legislative assistant, legislative director and senior military advisor. In 1996 Dale became a senior defense advisor to Sen. Olympia Snowe on defense and foreign related issues. After closing his congressional career, Dale served in the Pentagon, as deputy assistant secretary of the Navy for Mine and Undersea Warfare. Dale was awarded the Distinguished Public Service Award, for exceptional service to the Department of the Navy. After retirement from civil service in 2001, Dale joined Strategic Marketing Innovations, Washington, D.C., where he served as a vice president.
He is survived by his loving and devoted wife, Dale Marie Ahearn; two brothers, Richard and partner, Suzanne Tuten, of Edisto Island, S.C., and Brian and wife, Mary Ann, of Old Town; nieces, nephews and cousins.