Chalmers “Chum” Dale, an Emmy-winning producer, director and writer of cultural and religious programs at CBS, died of natural causes on June 12 in South Nyack, N.Y. He was 85.
Dale worked for CBS in New York City for four decades, beginning in the mailroom in 1951. By the early 1960s he was writing, directing and producing drama, art, music and documentary programs exploring, as he said in his autobiography, “the state of the human condition and the role of religion in people’s lives.” One 1964 documentary, “Out of the Ashes,” which Dale produced and directed explored the history of the Jews in the Netherlands and their fate during WWII.
He won two Daytime Emmys, in 1980 and 1985, for the inspirational series “For Our Times.”
He received an additional Daytime Emmy nom in 1985 for another episode of “For Our Times,” and he received a News and Documentary Emmy nomination in 1968 for the CBS News special “New Morality: Challenge of the Student Generation.”
Raised in Haverford, Penn., Chum served in the Navy in the Pacific Theater during WWII and attended the U. of Pennsylvania after the war.
Dale retired in 1991. His memoirs, “A Life Full of Days,” were published in 2003.
Survivors include Arnie Walton, Chalmers’ companion of 53 years and an actor, writer and advertising executive; two sons; and four grandchildren.