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John Phelps Chamberlain ’39

Published in Mar. 4, 1992, issue

AFTER A LONG BOUT with Parkinson's disease, Jack died Nov. 29, 1991, in a nursing home in Florida. In his distinguished undergraduate career Jack won the Class of 1883 Freshman English Prize and the Biddle Sophomore Prize, was a Reid Scholar and a Hibben Scholar and in senior year served as managing editor of the NASSAU LIT. While still an undergraduate Jack had a poem, "Megalopolis," published in THE AMERICAN SCHOLAR, and in 1941 HARPER'S magazine published his poems "Against a Romantic Interpretation ", and "Flushing Summer."

An infantry captain in WWI, Jack eventually became officerincharge of Pacific Stars and Stripes in Tokyo. As a professional writer and editor, he spent much of his career with McGrawHill business magazines, later joining Bethlehem Steel, where he handled public relations writing for its executives. Jack was an active Episcopalian and a consistent volunteer in community affairs.

Jack is survived by his widow, Peg (Margaret Meyers Gennert (Smith '39)); their three daughters, Margaret, Constance, and Sarah; and five grandchildren. To them we extend our condolences as we share the memory of a delightful companion and extraordinary man.

The Class of 1939

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