A memorial service for former township resident Dr. Douglas Alexander Stewart Chalmers was held June 15 at The Brick Presbyterian Church in New York City. His ashes were inurned at the church following the service.
Dr. Chalmers died May 30.
Born in Portland, Ore., in 1934, he grew up in Portland and graduated from Oregon State University in 1955. After a year of post-graduate study at Dartmouth College in Hanover, N.H., he was commissioned into the U.S. Navy, where he served his country as a line officer with the Sixth Fleet.
He earned his doctorate degree, cum laude, from the University of Oregon Medical School, |finishing second in his class. He completed his residency at Columbia Presbyterian Hospital in New York. He went on to practice orthopaedic surgery and sports medicine in Short Hills and Florham Park, serving on the staff of St. Barnabas Medical Center in Livingston and Overlook Hospital in Summit.
Prior to moving to Basking Ridge and Greentown, Pa., Dr. Chalmers lived in the township with his family from 1968 to 1992.
He was a tenor and member of the University Glee Club of New York City for nearly 40 years.
Dr. Chalmers is survived by two sons, Douglas Jr. of Johns Creek, Ga., and Christopher of Millburn; a daughter, Cameron Chalmers Maguire of Atlanta, Ga., all by his former wife Judith Chalmers Simpson of Summit; a sister, Jacqueline Loomis of Jacksonville, Fla.; seven grandchildren; and his partner Frances G. Laserson of New York City and Quogue, N.Y., and her daughters, Tenley L. Chepiga and Galen G. Laserson.
In lieu of flowers, 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 Item of Millburn and Short Hills on Oct. 28, 2013