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Edwin Laurence Chalmers, Jr.

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“The most challenging prof I ever encountered and the best test producer you could ever imagine. A man that taught, challenged and inspired. Took...Read More »
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“I graduated from KU in 1970. I remember with respect and admiration how Dr. Chalmers navigated KU through those difficult times. We are in our 60s...Read More »
2 of 3 | Posted by: Michael Kline - Lawrence, KS

“Chancellor Chalmers -- Dr. C. and later, Larry --was a honest, caring and bright leader for those of us that were students at the University of...Read More »
3 of 3 | Posted by: George Laughead - Dodge City, KS

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Edwin Laurence Chalmers, Jr. of Durango, Colorado passed away on Tuesday evening November 24th, 2009. Born in Wildwood, New Jersey on March 24th, 1928, Larry Chalmers obtained his Ph.D in Psychology from Princeton University and eventually taught Psychology at Florida State University in Tallahassee. He became an administrator at Florida State serving as Assistant Dean of the Faculty, Dean of Arts and Sciences and the Vice President for Academic Affairs. But he never lost his love for teaching. In 1969 he accepted the Chancellorship at Kansas University in Lawrence, Kansas and served during the stormy anti-war protests of the late '60s and early '70s. Always the champion of the students, he gave them a voice in keeping the University together during that turbulent time. In 1972 he moved to Chicago and assumed the presidency of the Art Institute of Chicago and Goodman School of Theatre. In 1987 after years of dedicated service in Chicago, he moved to San Antonio, Texas and became the President of the San Antonio Museum Association. In 1993, Larry moved to Durango, Colorado and began a number of things he had always wanted to do. Ever the teacher, he volunteered part-time as a park ranger at Aztec Ruins and taught groups of tourists about the Native Americans of the area. He was passionate about conservation and the treatment of animals. In the springtime you could find him milking the salmon to maintain their population and was a huge supporter of the Humane Society. He loved the mountains and built a log cabin in the Rocky Mountains of Colorado in the early 1950s which still stands today. It was always his wish that it be handed down to his children. It was also his wish to be cremated and have his ashes spread at the summit of Green Mountain which overlooks the cabin and was "conquered" on many an occasion during his lifetime. One of his other lifelong loves was music. In Durango, he finally had the chance to become a member of the Durango Choral Society and often talked about the latest concert and his friends there. He was also an active participant in the Episcopal Church. Perhaps his greatest love he saved for his grandchildren. He couldn't help but share with everyone the exploits of his grandchildren and spent as much time with them as he could. He is survived by his children, Edwin Laurence Chalmers III, Thomas Henry Chalmers (wife Eleanor Patton Chalmers), Jill Frances Bartlow (husband David Scott Bartlow), and Timothy Blair Chalmers (wife Evette Wagner Chalmers) and his grandchildren, Christopher Laurence Chalmers, Nicholas Evan Chalmers, Parker Jamison Chalmers, Garrett Scott Bartlow, Elizabeth Lauren Chalmers and Andrew Caelan Chalmers. A memorial service will be held at Saint Mark's Episcopal Church at 2:00 pm on Saturday December 12th followed by a reception at the church. In lieu of flowers, the family suggests a donation to either the La Plata County Humane Society, 1111 South Camino Del Rio, Durango, CO 81303 or the Saint Mark's Episcopal Church, 910 East 3rd Avenue, Durango, CO 81301.

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