Roger Sands Chamberlin
Roger Sands Chamberlin, 90, of South Harpswell, Maine, passed away early on May 16, 2014, after a long battle with Parkinson’s disease.
He is survived by three children, Holly (Thomas Bell) Chamberlin, Clayton Chamberlin, Roger Scott Chamberlin; and his grandson, Christopher Langdon Bell. He is also survived by his sister, Molly Prentice; and his brothers, Bill Chamberlin and Howard Chamberlin. Roger was predeceased by his wife, Virginia Ree Chamberlin; his sisters, Marjorie Chamberlin and Alice Smith Meeker; and his brother, Dale Chamberlin.
Roger was born on Dec. 30, 1923, to Edwin Rogers Chamberlin and Claire Sands Chamberlin and was raised in Unadilla, N.Y. He served his country as a Navy pilot flying anti-submarine patrols over the Atlantic and was honorably discharged in 1945, at the rank of Lieutenant JG. He was a proud graduate of Cornell University, where he was awarded a degree in chemical engineering.
Roger married Virginia Moore in 1946, moved to her home state of Texas and became a 33-year employee of the Dow Chemical Company. During his career with Dow, he and his family lived in Lake Jackson, Texas, Magnolia, Arkansas and Baton Rouge, Louisiana. Roger concluded his long career as a Dow governmental affairs executive in Washington, D.C., and retired in 1985 to South Harpswell, Maine.
Roger and his five brothers and sisters maintained a tradition of annual family reunions held every July 4th, in Unadilla resulting in a strong family bond among 47 aunts, uncles, cousins and their children.
Roger enjoyed fishing, skiing and sailing. He was a connoisseur of food and fine wine and was well known for his love of creating the perfect martini. He would often carry his traveling kit for “The Recipe” to provide sustenance for close friends.
Funeral services will be held at 10:30 a.m. on Wednesday, May 28, 2014, at St. John’s Episcopal Church in Johnstown, N.Y. Interment will be in Unadilla, N.Y. at a later date. A memorial service will also be held in Harpswell, Maine at a later date. Arrangements have been made by the Ehle Funeral Home in Johnstown. Gifts in lieu of flowers may be made to Harpswell Neck Volunteer Fire and Rescue or to the St. John’s Episcopal Church Building Fund.