Formerly of Childersburg, Milton Dale Henson died in his home on October 30, 2013 following a brief illness. He was 85. A patriotic American who served his country during wartime, an entrepreneur and visionary leader in commercial real estate, Dale Henson was a man dedicated to his family, a wide circle of friends and his community. Mr. Henson was president and CEO of Dale Henson Associates, Inc., Market Advisors to the Apartment Industry for over 40 years, providing analytical services to developers, investment groups, lenders, syndications, pension funds, individuals and the public sector. He was publisher and editor of Apartment Market Tracker and Atlanta Pipeline, and the author of the Atlanta experience included in the book, "Public-Private Partnerships in American Cities" published by the Washington, DC based Committee for Economic Development. He also donated much time to several non-profit organizations. This included service on Regional/Design Assistance Teams sponsored by the American Institute of Architects in several states including Georgia, New Mexico, California, Oregon, Louisiana, Florida and Illinois. He also donated time as a consulting analyst for the National Trust for Historic Preservation Main Street Projects. He was a frequent speaker at Urban Land Institute functions and other real estate organizations. Over two decades ago, and in collaboration with the Atlanta Apartment Association, he established the Atlanta Apartment Marketplace Workshop, a semi-annual seminar on the state of the Atlanta Apartment market. In addition to the numerous professional organizations, he was an avid supporter of several arts institutions, including The High Museum of Art, MOCA GA, and Washington DC's National Museum of Women in the Arts. Mr. Henson served in the Korean War in the Intelligence Division of the Army Security Agency, decoding enemy transmissions in the Pacific Theatre. Stationed in a covert camp 10 miles outside Seoul, he and nine other ASA troops intercepted and deciphered enemy transmissions throughout the war, sending the decoded messages back to the USA ASA headquarters in Tokyo, where they were transmitted to the US Pacific air fleets. After the war, Mr. Henson attended Georgia Institute of Technology, earning a Bachelor Degree with Honors and a Masters Degree in Industrial Management. He later was a Research Economist in GA Tech's Economic Development Laboratory and an Adjunct Professor in Economics in Tech's School of Management. Prior to forming his own company in 1973, he served in various capacities including General Manager of the Atlanta Chamber of Commerce; Vice President of Real Estate Research Corporation, Southeast Region; and as the First Executive Director of the Ocean Science Center of the Atlantic Commission. A third generation native of Alabama, he was the son of the late Azlee Grady Henson and Venia Amason Henson. He is survived by his wife of 35 years, Anna Stapleton Henson; his daughter, Cathy Dayle Henson; his son, Alexander Loring Dale Henson; his son, Kyle Scott Henson; his daughter-in-law Beth Morehouse Henson; his grandson, Jared Nathaniel Henson; his sisters Monza Henson Wilson and Lazanda Henson; and his brother, Aaron Gerome Henson. A private service for the immediate family was held.
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Published in The Daily Home on Nov. 21, 2013