Dale Andrew Reins, age 93, of Flowery Branch, Ga., died Friday, Jan. 17, 2014, in Gainesville, Ga. He was born Oct. 9, 1920, in Knoxville, Iowa, to Jenny Trickett Reins and Albert "Spike" Reins. He was the firstborn son, his only brother, Donald Dee Reins, was born June 30, 1922. Dale completed high school at a Seventh-day Adventist School, Oak Park Academy, in 1939 and began medical studies at Vanderbilt University. His studies were interrupted and he entered the U.S. Army. He married Hazel Isabel Cocke on May 13, 1942, and that marriage was blessed with two children, Sandra Elaine Reins Watson, RN, and her brother, Dale Andrew Reins. While in the Army, Mr. Reins spent time in India near Burma and China, he worked as a medic and also learned to speak Chinese. He reports a meeting with Mrs. Chiang Kai-shek, who complimented him on his work. Toward the end of the war, he was called home due to the death of his father. After the war, Dale returned to Vanderbilt University and later Peabody University and worked full time in masonry. He later completed his Doctorate in Education in Oklahoma. Dr. Reins worked for the FAA in Oklahoma and headed the Physiology Department at the Naval Research lab, which he retired from in 1982. Dr. Reins published over 60 scientific papers in peer reviewed journals. The Reins family adopted three children in 1958, John Phillip Reins, Albert Jackson Reins and Karen Lee Reins.
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Dr. Reins is survived by his brother, Donald Dee Reins, DDS, Jacksonville, Fla.; a daughter, Sandra Elaine Watson; a son, Dale Reins Jr.; several grandchildren, John D. Wilson, MD; Chandra Reins, CPA – MA; Richard Dale Reins, BA; and many great-grandchildren; as well as numerous friends and extended family, with special mention of Cathy Greer who has been so helpful to him the past few years.
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Published in gainesvilletimes.com on Jan. 21, 2014