CHALMERS--Douglas Alexander Stewart, MD of Basking Ridge, NJ and Greentown, PA passed away on May 30, 2013. His ashes were inurned at The Brick Presbyterian Church of New York City following a memorial service. Dr. Chalmers was born in Portland, OR on September 12, 1934 to Earl John Chalmers and Jennie Sherwood Chalmers. He grew up in Portland and graduated from Oregon State University in 1955. After a year of post-graduate study at Dartmouth College, he was commissioned into the United States Navy, where he served his country as a line officer with the Sixth Fleet. He then earned his MD degree, cum laude, at the University of Oregon Medical School, finishing second in his class. He completed his residency at Columbia Presbyterian Hospital in New York. He then practiced orthopaedic surgery and sports medicine in Short Hills and Florham Park, NJ, serving on the staff of both St. Barnabas Medical Center in Livingston, NJ and at Overlook Hospital in Summit, NJ. Dr. Chalmers was an avid tennis player and golfer, and a proud Republican. A gifted second tenor, he was a member of the University Glee Club of New York City for nearly 40 years. Dr. Chalmers is survived by his son Douglas Chalmers, Jr. of Johns Creek, GA, his daughter Cameron Chalmers Maguire of Atlanta, GA, and his son Christopher Chalmers of Millburn, NJ, all by his former wife Judith Chalmers Simpson of Summit, NJ; by seven grandchildren; by his sister Jacqueline Loomis of Jacksonville, FL; and by his longtime partner Frances G. Laserson of New York City and Quogue, NY and her daughters Tenley L. Chepiga and Galen G. Laserson. He was predeceased by his brother John Chalmers of San Francisco, CA. His family and friends will long remember Dr. Chalmers as a warm, sweet gentleman who loved to laugh and loved adventure. Donations in his memory may be made to the University Glee Club of New York City, 25 Point Road, Norwalk CT 06854.
Published in The New York Times on Oct. 27, 2013