- The Washington Times - Thursday, September 9, 2004

Dwight J. Pinion, 93 former Senate counsel

Dwight James Pinion, former legislative counsel to the U.S. Senate, died Aug. 27 after several years of declining health at his home in Deming, N.M. He was 93.

When Mr. Pinion retired from his Senate work in 1969, Sen. Barry Goldwater cited him in the Congressional Record as a personal friend and an exceptional public servant.

Born in Wynot, Neb., Mr. Pinion graduated from Grand Island Business College in 1934, and received his law degree from Southeastern University in the District in 1937.

Later in 1937, he married Kathryn Martin of Somerville, Tenn.

Mr. Pinion’s career in government service began at the Bureau of Veterans Affairs in 1934. He worked in the Securities and Exchange Commission from 1937 to 1942, then in the Office of the Legislative Counsel of the U.S. Senate until 1969.

He was the legislative counsel to the Senate from 1967 until his retirement in 1969.

As legislative counsel, Mr. Pinion was an expert on civil-service legislation and agricultural issues, among others. He also worked closely with the Senate Foreign Relations Committee.

He was a member of the Bar Association of the District of Columbia, the Federal Bar Association and the National Lawyers Club.

Mr. Pinion and his wife lived in Arlington for 26 years and in McLean for 38 years. They had lived in Deming for the past three years.

They were active members of the First Baptist Church of Clarendon for more than 60 years.

Mr. Pinion was an avid skier into his 80s, even though he did not take up the sport until he was in his 50s.

He was a member of the Ski Club of Washington, D.C., and his favorite ski destination was Alta, Utah. He enjoyed camping and fishing, was a scoutmaster for the Boy Scouts, and practiced fly casting in the Reflecting Pool on the Mall with the National Capitol Casting Club.

He is survived by his wife, Kathryn; three daughters, Carolyn Rice of Deming, N.M., Nancy Stehman of Leesburg, Va., and Pauline Mulligan of Friday Harbor, Wash.; a sister, Pauline Stark of Baltimore; and a brother, Jack Pinion of Bethesda.

Services have been held. Memorial donations can be made to a charity of choice.

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