Victoria Kingsley, Psychologist

June 29, 1940-May 19, 2014

    Victoria Kingsley, a psychologist with a practice in East Hampton, died on May 19 in Buffalo, not long after being diagnosed with small-cell cancer. She was 73. Dr. Kingsley saw patients for many years in New York. After leaving the city, she established a full-time practice here, working out of her residence in Northwest Woods. As longtime patients learned of her sudden illness they flooded her with calls of support and encouragement, her son said.

     Dr. Kingsley was born on June 29, 1940, in Rutherford, N.J., to Burt Collins and the former Alice Albus. She grew up in New Jersey and Manhattan, and received a bachelor’s degree from Vassar College and a Ph.D. in psychology from New York University.

    Three weeks ago, soon after her diagnosis, Dr. Kingsley moved to Buffalo to be closer to her family. Among her many interests, her son said she loved to travel and to spend time with her grandchildren.    In addition to her son, Hal Kingsley of Buffalo, she leaves three grandchildren. A service was held yesterday at the Mesnekoff Funeral Home in East Amherst, N.Y., Rabbi Adam Scheldt officiating. A memorial service is planned here later this summer.

    The family has suggested donations in her name to the Aquatics Department, Jewish Community Center of Greater Buffalo, 2640 North Forest Road, Getzville, N.Y. 14068.


Anyone who knew my mom must be as shocked and surprised as my family is/was. Her phone and cell number are still working, and are forwarded to me if anyone needs to reach her and/or me. To those of you who have already called, thank you, The Kingsley Family, Hal

I was a patient of your mom for only a short time.I began seeing her in late August of last year. I felt so unbelievably fortunate to have come under her care. I learned so much from her and she helped me navigate one of the most challenging times in my adult life. She was, it seemed to me, an exceptional person. I am so sorry for your loss.

Jodie Berro