At Peddie School he was active in debating, wrestling, and track. A politics major at Princeton, he was a member of Dial Lodge, active in Whig-Clio, the Pre-Law Society, wrestling, and crew, and was president of the Wesley Club. He also joined the Naval Reserve and was honorably discharged in 1959.
He married Florence “Flo” Pye June 5, 1954, just after taking the final exam in Religion 201 that morning.
After attending Columbia University School of Law, he joined a law firm and soon became partner. In our 10th-reunion yearbook he wrote, “I like to think that service to one’s fellow man is the greatest pursuit in life.” In a lifetime of community service, he was active in New Jersey politics at both the local and state level, serving in the New Jersey General Assembly for four years. He campaigned against the death penalty and for civil rights and was active in the environmental movement, Scouting, the YMCA, alumni affairs, and the Methodist Church. He served as judge of the Workers Compensation Court from 1994 to 2004.
Chet gave his much-admired tiger-striped Volkswagen Beetle to the University.
He is survived by his wife of 67 years, Flo; sons David, Donald, and Dean ’90; and 10 grandchildren.