Dr. James D. Chandler, Jr., 68, passed away peacefully on Sunday, February 7, 2016 in Williamsburg following an extended illness.
Dr. Chandler “Dick” was a native of North Carolina, son of the late Gertrude and James Chandler and grandson of the late Thelma and Edward A. Wayne, a former President of the Federal Reserve Bank of Richmond, instrumental in the founding of VCU.
Dick’s close relationship with his remarkable grandfather inspired him throughout his life; to achieve, to pursue his interests with passion, to do good and to be an honorable man, which he did with great intelligence, humility, and wit.
Dick graduated in 1969 from Davidson College with a degree in mathematics where he was Phi Beta Cappa and a member of Sigma Chi social Fraternity. He later earned his Masters and Ph.D. in Mathematics at UVA as a Woodrow Wilson Fellow.
Teaching was his passion and he made it a 30 year career, at U. Tenn., VCU, East Carolina U. and TCC. He served 4 years in the U.S. Navy during the Vietnam War as an Air Intelligence officer.
Dick is survived by his loving wife Susan; his stepson Chris Kelly of Va. Beach; his brother Dr. Paul Chandler of Muncie, IN; and sister Kitty Holt.
Our family would like to thank the Staffs of Greenfield Senior Living of Williamsburg and Medi Hospice for their wonderful care.
A private graveside service was held February 11th at Albert Horton Memorial Veterans Cemetery. Rev. Walt Hunting officiated.
Memorial contributions may be made to Horton Wreath Society, PO Box 6246, Va. Beach, VA 23456. www.SturtevantFuneralHome.com
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