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Marcia Chambers, 78, a part-time resident of Manchester Village for more than 35 years, passed away July 13, 2018, at the Smilow Cancer Hospital in New Haven, CT.

Marcia was born in Brooklyn on April 19, 1940, and after graduating from City College, she taught English at schools in Brooklyn and Queens for five years. After a summer course at Columbia University, where she would later become an Adjunct Professor, Marcia was inspired to pursue a career in journalism.

That career spanned five decades, highlighted by her award-winning writings as a legal affairs correspondent and contributing editor to such publications as The New York Times, Golf Digest, the Associated Press, and the National Law Journal. She earned a Masters in the Study of Law at Yale Law School in 1981 and was a Senior Research Scholar at the school at the time of her death. Her New York Times story "Life and Death of a Campus Drug Dealer" was nominated for a Pulitzer Prize in 1983. That story chronicled the life and sad death of a student at nearby Bennington College.

Marcia's award-winning articles on gender and race discrimination in American golf and country clubs led to the publication of her book "The Unplayable Lie: The Untold Story of Women and Discrimination in Golf" (1995)."

Alongside her late husband, Yale Law School Professor Stanton Wheeler, Marcia served as Associate Master of Yale's Morse College from 1995 to 2001, where together they were responsible for the social and intellectual lives of 400 undergraduates.

Most recently, Marcia pioneered in the field of digital-only online journalism. She founded The Branford Eagle in 2006 and went on to win numerous awards for reporting on issues in and around the town of Branford, CT, which she and husband Stan made their home in 2001.

Marcia began coming to the Manchester Village home of her then-fiance Stanton Wheeler in 1982. They spent most summers, holidays and weekend vacations here before her husband predeceased her in December 2007. Marcia learned to play golf at Manchester Country Club, where they were members for many years. In addition to frequently entertaining friends and family at her home-away-from-home, Marcia loved to pursue her favorite hobbies here: knitting, gardening, and raising border terriers.

In addition to her husband, Marcia was predeceased by step-son Kenneth Wheeler. She is survived by step-sons Steven Wheeler of Hood River, OR, and Warren Wheeler of Springfield, VA, and by five step-grandchildren. A memorial service is being planned for the New Haven area later this year.

(For more information on Marcia Chambers' career and work, read obituaries in The New York Times, the New Haven Independent, and Golf Digest.
Published in The Manchester Journal from Aug. 10 to Aug. 31, 2018
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