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John C. Chapin

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John C. Chapin 1920 - 2008 MANCHESTER John C. Chapin, 87, of Manchester died Thursday, Aug. 14, 2008, of natural causes. Born on Oct. 1, 1920, in Grosse Pointe Farms, Mich., son of Roy D. Tiedeman and Inez Tiedeman Chapin, he grew up in Michigan and attended St. Paul's School in Concord, N.H. His father was a founder and President of the Hudson Motor Car Company and also served as Secretary of Commerce under President Hoover. He graduated from Yale University and subsequently earned a master's degree in history from George Washington University, Washington, D.C. He served with the Marine Corps as a second lieutenant rifle platoon leader in the South Pacific, until he was sent stateside after receiving two Purple Hearts. Mr. Chapin worked for the Episcopal Church for 20 years, first at the Diocese of Michigan and then at the Washington National Cathedral, where he was the Communications Warden. He then served as special assistant to the Secretary of Housing and Urban Development, George Romney. He was active in the Republican Party in Michigan and in Washington, D.C., and in Vermont, where he served as the Vermont State Finance Chairman. More recently, he served as the treasurer of the Bennington County Republican Party. In Manchester, he was active on the Townlift Committee, which addressed land use planning in town. He was a long-time member of the vestry at Zion Episcopal Church. Long interested in military history, specifically World War II, Mr. Chapin was the author of "Uncommon Men:The Sergeants Major of the Marine Corps," and, over a 17-year period, numerous monographs for the Marine Corps Historical Center. He was a life-long philatelist, who was well-known for his collection of U.S. plate blocks, and he served as a trustee for the Philatelic Foundation for many years. He was also passionate about tennis, golf and fly fishing. Throughout his life, he was an avid reader of biographies and histories. He leaves his beloved wife of 44 years, Helen Willard Chapin; his sister, Joan Chapin Hutton of Nantucket, Mass.; four children, Suzanne Chapin Berl of Asheville, N.C., John C. Chapin Jr. of Post Mills, David D. Chapin of McLean, Va., and Alyson Chapin Kemp of Orlando, Fla.; two stepsons, George M. Ferris III of Baltimore, Md., and Willard Bradley Ferris of McLean, Va.; 12 grandchildren and three great-grandchildren. He was predeceased by a son, Deacon S. Chapin of Lake Tahoe, Calif. FUNERAL NOTICE: A Celebration of the Life of John C. Chapin will be Tuesday, Aug. 19, at 1 p.m. at Zion Episcopal Church in Manchester with a reception to follow at Equinox Village. In lieu of flowers, the family requests memorials be sent to Zion Episcopal Church, P.O. Box 717, Manchester Center, VT 05255, or to the Vermont Land Trust., 9 Bailey Ave., Montpelier, VT 05602
Published in Bennington Banner on Aug. 18, 2008
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