Lawrence Evans Chapman Jr.
1924 - 2018
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Lawrence Evans Chapman Jr., M.D.
L. E. ""Larry"" Chapman, Jr. was born in Galveston, Texas on February 23, 1924 to L. E. Chapman, M.D. and Cecilia Sedgwick Chapman. Larry attended Ball High and later graduated from Rice University with a degree in Civil Engineering in 1948.
Larry served in WWII in the Army Air Corps and was selected during his sophomore year at Rice to attend the acclaimed Meteorology program for the Army Air Corps. He would later be stationed in the South Pacific as a weatherman monitoring hurricanes. Larry would later return to Rice to complete his Engineering degree and was a member of Tau Beta Pi.
Dr. Chapman attended medical school at The University of Texas Medical Branch in Galveston where he graduated in 1955. Dr. Chapman served his internship at Detroit General Hospital. Following his internship he served a year of surgery residency at the V.A. Hospital in Dallas. It was in Dallas that Dr. Chapman met and married Marilyn Jones on March 2, 1957.
Dr. Chapman is survived by his loving wife Marilyn, his two children: L.E. ""Chap"" Chapman III (Janet Greene) and Nancy (James Wallace) and three grandchildren: Emily, Katherine, and Jackson. He is preceded in death by his parents and his daughter, Mary Anne.
Dr. Chapman established his family medical practice in Seabrook in 1962, after previously practicing in Angleton and Madisonville, Texas. Dr. Chapman was one of the first attending physicians to the Johnson Space Center employees and the Astronauts' families. He partnered with Dr. Arthur Anton to form the Chapman Anton Clinic in Seabrook. Their friendship and association would remain through each of their retirements. For almost 50 years, Dr. Chapman provided medical care to citizens of the Bay Area Community at his office, hospitals, nursing homes and the homes of his patients. Yes, Dr. Chapman even made house calls on his bicycle.
In addition to being a great doctor to all his patients, Dr. Chapman was keen on the evolving medical needs in the Space Center community. In 1972, he and his brother-in-law, T. F. ""Frank"" Glass, Jr., developed the first hospital in the Clear Lake Area. Dr. Chapman and a group of doctors, known as the Founders Group, developed the Clear Lake Hospital complex. Dr. Chapman would serve as the first Chief of Staff. Later he and a number of other doctors would partner with the Sisters of Charity to found St. John Hospital in Nassau Bay.
In 1985 Dr. Chapman and others started an informal committee to create mental health counseling services to people in the area. In 1985, a non-profit was launched, known as The Samaritan Center of the Bay Area. Later as a Founding Board Member the non-profit would become known as the Carol and Ronald Krist Samaritan Center. Dr. Chapman also served on the Board of Missions of St. Thomas the Apostle Episcopal Church in Nassau Bay.
Larry was a beloved husband, father, and friend. He was fair, kind, generous, gregarious, fun, sentimental, caring, and loyal to a fault. He treasured his friendships and family above all else. Despite his busy schedule, he always had time for them. The outpouring of love that his family has received from those that knew Larry has been overwhelming and greatly appreciated. He will be deeply and forever missed.
Friends are invited to a celebration of life with the family from five until seven o'clock on Thursday, December 6, 2018 at Bradshaw-carter Memorial & Funeral Services, 1734 West Alabama Street in Houston. A memorial service will take place at two o'clock in the afternoon on December 26, 2018 at Trinity Episcopal Church, 1015 Holman, in Houston.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be directed to Preservation Houston, 3272 Westheimer Road, #2, Houston, Texas 77098; Houston SPCA 7007 Old Katy Road, Houston, Texas 77024, or the charity of one's choice.

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Published in Houston Chronicle on Dec. 2, 2018.
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December 5, 2018
Chap and family. I wish that Cindy and I would have known Mr Chapman much earlier in life. He was obviously in loving service and great works to many people in his lifetime. We are aware of his great sense and dedication of faith and we give all glory and honor to our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ for his example and steadfast love for the church. Our prayers are with you and we all remain comforted by the eternal salvation that awaits Mr. Chapman. Our deepest sympathy Tony and Cynthia Brown.
Tony Brown
December 4, 2018
What a precious gift it was to visit with Dr. Chapman on Sundays at church. My husband and I hung on every word he spoke, and delighted in his stories. He often transported us back to a much earlier time in Galveston or at his beloved Rice University where Dr. Chapman received his engineering degree, a degree he shared with my husband, and another topic for conversation. I will miss those conversations greatly, and regret that there had not been at least one more.
Pattie Murchison
December 4, 2018
Dear Marilynn, Chap, and Nancy--Our hearts and prayers are with you. Dr. Chapman was so smart and a great doctor. He was kind and caring and also had a great sense o humor! He was our great neighbor and friend. We loved him so much! He will always be greatly remembered. Sincerely, Chuck & Jit Hammack
Chuck & Jit Hammack
December 4, 2018
We are so sorry to hear about this and send our sincere condolences to Marilyn and the family. Larry was a wonderful doctor to our whole family and a dear friend through St. Thomas.
Carole and Max Kloesel
December 4, 2018
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December 4, 2018
I am very sorry for your loss. He sounded like an amazing person. It is a loss for us all.
Bett Sundermeyer
December 4, 2018
dr chapman was my doc for years, my dad had pine knot pharmacy and knew the doc well, rip sir
December 3, 2018
I am sorry for your loss! I had Nancy in many of classes at Bay Elementary and Seabrook Intermediate.
Marie (Shannon) Paty McDowell
December 2, 2018
I can still remember laying on my parent's sofa with a thermometer in my mouth while Dr. Chapman, making a "house call" was telling my mother that he was concerned about people with company provided health insurance were over utilizing health care calling him about a family member with a common cold because the appointment would not cost them any money. Sometimes you think you are getting a doctor and you are actually getting a prophet. A really great Doctor who would sit down and talk about medicine and would finish with questions and conversations about your family and his. A good friend to my parents, to me and to everyone who met him. I miss him, his conversations and the times that we both shared. Thanks Dr. Chapman from a fellow Timber Cove alumni, Nathan Eugene Lewis.
December 2, 2018
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December 1, 2018
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