1921 - 2013
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Robert Carter Chilton died on Wednesday, March 6, 2013, in Birchwood Terrace Health Care in Burlington, Vt. Robert was born on April 12, 1921 in Brooklyn, New York. He was the first son of William Chilton and Abigail McCloskey. His brother Donald was born shortly thereafter. Sadly, William soon died, leaving the family fatherless. Robert developed a fierce sense of loyalty to both his mother and younger brother.
When World War II arrived, Robert enlisted in the navy rather than the army, because he "couldn't see himself bayoneting anybody". He was assigned to the destroyer USS Schroeder, as helmsmen with the rank Quartermaster First Class. Robert piloted the Schroeder in campaigns from Tarawa to Okinawa, earning twelve battle stars.
Prior to his entry into the Pacific Theater, Robert's mother had given him a Bible, which he proceeded to read every day. After the war, Robert made it a point to tirelessly serve God, perhaps as thanks for helping him survive. Upon his return to New York city, he became involved in Lafayette Avenue Presbyterian Church in Brooklyn, serving in the choir and as an Elder. It was at the church that Robert met Libby Dean from East Aurora, N.Y., whom he later married. Three children followed: William, Elizabeth, and Susan.
Robert earned his business degree at St. John's University, his masters degree at New York University, and a doctorate at Boston University, the latter being earned in 1992, when he was in his early 70's. Over the course of his life, Robert had worked as a CPA, a controller and administrative manager, a corporate vice president of finance, and a corporate president. He served as president of the Savannah, Ga. Girl Scouts Council, and from 1772 to 1981 served on the National Board of the Girl Scouts of America. He has taught college classes on accounting, taxes, and business management, and has served as a business consultant.
As a husband and as a father, Robert has been generous and thoughtful. He always strove for the best, and encouraged his children and others around him to work hard, and honor their obligations. His tenacity and determination to always do what he thought was right has been part of his legacy and inspiration.
Robert's 65-year marriage to Elizabeth generated three children, seven grandchildren, and two great-grandchildren (so far), and a long lifetime of memories. Robert Carter Chilton is now safely reunited with his mother, brother, and father, who have been patiently waiting for him to come home.
Robert is survived by his wife Elizabeth, and his children William, of Lake Elmore, Vt., Elizabeth Schneider of Ottertail, Mn., and Susan Jamback of Richmond, Va.
Funeral services will be held the Lafayette Avenue Presbyterian Church in Brooklyn on Friday, March 15 at 10 AM. Following the service and the procession, burial services for Robert will be at the Calverton National Cemetery, Calverton, N.Y., with full military honors being accorded.
Published on NYTimes.com from Mar. 12 to Mar. 13, 2013