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Charles H. Chambers, MD
Charles H. Chambers, MD

May 6, 1943 - April 26, 2010
Resided in Milwaukee, WI
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Charles H. Chambers, M.D.

Charles H. Chambers, M.D., 66, of Milwaukee, Wisconsin, died peacefully on Monday, April 26, after a long and courageous battle with cancer. Dr. Chambers, or “Chuck”, as he was known to his family and friends, was born on May 6, 1943 in New Kensington, PA., the only child of Charles Stedeford Chambers and Helen Eileen Smith Chambers.

Chuck graduated from New Kensington High School in 1961 and received his Bachelor of Science in biology, Magna Cum Laude, from Springfield College, Springfield, MA. in 1965. While attending Springfield College Chuck was a member of the Varsity Swimming and Diving team and was coached by the U.S. Olympic Swim team(TM)s Coach Charles E. (Red) Silvia.

Subsequently, he attended Wake Forest University(TM)s " Bowman Gray School of Medicine, receiving his Doctor of Medicine in 1970. While attending Wake Forest, Dr. Chambers was accepted into a preceptorship in Microbiology within the Pathology Department at Bay State Medical Center in Springfield MA., under the tutelage of Dr. Dieter H. M. Groschel. After graduating from Wake Forest, Dr. Chambers completed his internship in general surgery at the Medical College of Wisconsin, Milwaukee.

While attending medical school, Dr. Chambers enlisted in the U.S. Navy and was accepted into the Navy(TM)s, “Silent Service”, more commonly known as the Submarine or Electric Boat Division. After completing his surgical internship, Dr. Chambers attended the U.S. Naval Submarine School in Groton, CT. and the U.S. Naval Diving and Salvage School in Washington, D.C. With the rank of Lieutenant, Dr. Chambers then served during the Vietnam War as the sole Medical Officer aboard the Nuclear Submarine, U.S.S. Robert E. Lee (SSBN-601) in the U.S. Atlantic Submarine Fleet.

Following Lt. Chambers(TM) service afloat, he was assigned to the Medical Dispensary and Hyperbaric Unit, Naval Coastal Systems Laboratory, Panama City, FL. serving as the Medical Dispensary(TM)s Attending Physician.

Subsequent to his active duty service, he returned to Milwaukee to complete residencies in Anatomic Pathology, Clinical Pathology and Pediatric Medicine. His work as a physician was varied, and included part-time employment at multiple Emergency Departments in Milwaukee, including St. Michael Hospital, Milwaukee Children(TM)s Hospital and Elmbrook Memorial Hospital.

In January 1980, upon completion of his residency in Pediatrics, Dr. Chambers started a solo pediatric practice in Brookfield, WI. that he maintained until August, 1981, when he relocated to West Hartford, CT. to accept a new position in the Medical Examiner(TM)s Office in Farmington, CT. as the Associate Chief State Medical Examiner, a post he held until August 1983.

While on staff at the Medical Examiner(TM)s Office, he also worked as a staff physician in the Emergency Department at Saint Francis Hospital and Medical Center. Subsequent to his work at the Medical Examiner(TM)s Office, he continued to pursue his interest in Forensic and Insurance Medicine joining The Aetna Casualty and Surety Company in Hartford, CT. in August 1983 as the Associate Medical Director, Claim Department, Commercial Insurance Division.

In 1986 Dr. Chambers moved to California and returned to practicing ambulatory and emergency medicine, working for the U.S. Indian Health Project as a Pediatrician, as well as practicing ambulatory and emergency medicine for the California Department of Correction(TM)s, Correctional Medical Facility, Vacaville, CA.

In the late 1980s to early 1990s Dr. Chambers(TM) health began to fail, resulting in his retirement from the active practice of medicine and move back to Milwaukee, a city he always loved and enjoyed. Dr. Chambers was among a very limited number of physicians who maintained multiple board certifications, including board certification by the American Board of Pathology, with certificates in Anatomic, Clinical and Forensic Pathologies, as well as board certification by the American Board of Pediatrics.

Throughout his career, Dr. Chambers authored or co-authored numerous publications in medical journals, including: the British Journal of Medical Psychology, the American Corrective Therapy Journal, the Journal of Trauma, the Wisconsin Medical Journal, the American Journal of Clinical Pathology, the Journal of the American Medical Association and Medical and Pediatric Oncology.

Dr. Chambers is survived by his two sons, Tim of Manchester, CT. and Steven of West Hartford, CT. He is also survived by his former wife Patricia of West Hartford, CT. as well as his cousins, Jeanne Smith Gundy and her husband Herb, Linda Smith Kowalski and her husband John, and numerous other relatives in greater New Kensington, PA., as well as his Uncle, Robert Smith and wife Alice of Newport News, VA.

The family wishes to thank the staffs at Columbia " St. Mary Hospital, Milwaukee. The V.A. Medical Center, Milwaukee, and Eastside Health and Rehabilitation Center, Milwaukee, for all of their efforts while Dr. Chambers was in declining health.

Chuck(TM)s family would also like to extend profound gratitude to his nurse, David Maxwell, for the care he provided Chuck in his last days at Eastside Health & Rehabilitation Center. Also, Dr. Chambers(TM) family would like to specifically thank, Mr. Russell Willmann for all his thoughtful help and efforts in assisting Chuck as his health deteriorated.

Funeral services for Dr. Chambers will be held on Monday, May 3, 2010 with visitation from 10 A.M. to 12 Noon, followed by a brief memorial service at the Church and Chapel Funeral Home, 7600 West Greenfield Avenue, West Allis, WI. Interment will then take place, with full military honors, at the Southern Wisconsin Veteran(TM)s Memorial Cemetery, Union Grove, WI.


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Church & Chapel-Larsen West Allis Funeral Home
7626 W. Greenfield
West Allis, WI 53214
Monday, May 3, 2010
10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Church & Chapel-Larsen West Allis Funeral Home
7626 W. Greenfield
West Allis, WI 53214
Monday, May 3, 2010
12:00 PM
Southern Wisconsin Memorial Veterans Cemetery
21731 Spring Street
Union Grove, WI US 53182
Monday, May 3, 2010

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