Richard Dennis Chamberlain Richard Dennis Chamberlain passed away with his family by his side at his home in Austin, Texas on January 11th after a long struggle with cancer. Richard ("Denny" to some, "Dick" to others) was born July 31st, 1940 in Elyria, Ohio to parents Raymond Chamberlain and Frances Harmon. During Denny's childhood, the Chamberlain family owned and operated Vitaful Orchards in Oberlin, Ohio, a successful venture that produced many prizewinning apples at the Ohio State Fair and helped shape the rock solid Midwest character that Denny possessed. Denny graduated from Oberlin College where he also enjoyed playing football and lacrosse. It was there that he met Susan Webster. Denny and Susan were married in 1963 and had two sons, David Ryan born in 1968 and Tyler Webster born in 1972. Denny was a strong role model for his boys and others, creating a caring and supportive home environment, involving himself closely in the boys' activities, and providing life lessons along the way. Dick as he was known by his professional peers had a successful career in development and public relations, holding key executive roles at some of the nation's finest higher education and health care organizations including Brown University, UCLA, Colorado College, UT Southwestern Medical Center, and Cook Children's Hospital to name a few. The impact of the capital campaign work he led can be profoundly seen and felt throughout these institutions today. In 1993, Dick, now living in Dallas, was remarried to Pamela Ward. Their marriage was marked by fun, new adventures, and challenges, bringing them to Washington Crossing, PA, Rock Hall, MD, and Ft Worth, TX before finally settling back to Austin, Pam's hometown. Her two sons Russell and Ward, also from Texas, were wonderful additions to the family. Dick and Pam had a love for travel, taking frequent trips and a number of cruises with good friends to see and experience the world. Pam unfortunately succumbed to her own battle with cancer in June of2010. Denny then reconnected with a long-lost friend from college, Maren (Marny) Concha. The two made the most of Denny's remaining time, taking several trips and a cross-country trek to visit close friends along the way. Marny was by his side almost continuously over the last year supporting Denny in his final battle. Denny/Dick was a loving, kind man, with a wonderful sense of humor. He will be remembered often and missed terribly by his friends and family. Survivors include four sons/stepsons and their families: David & Annie Chamberlain (& 3 sons), Tyler & Elke Chamberlain, Russell & Jennifer Maedgen (& 3 children), and Ward & Meredith Maedgen (& 3 children) A memorial service will be held this Saturday, January 19th at 11am at Umlauf Sculpture Garden in Austin. Memorial donations may be made to Hospice Austin.
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Published in Austin American-Statesman on Jan. 16, 2013