"We've got the whole world in our hands"

“A Clarity of Vision”

A Celebration of Life Tribute

Robert S. Chandler

was held on

Saturday, March 5, 2011

Stay tuned to watch a DVD from the afternoon long Tribute

held at King Gillette Ranch

Santa Monica Mountains National Recreation Area

For a program, contact ruthkilday@aol.com


A Clarity of Vision ~ A Brilliant Career

A Letter from the Chandler Tribute Committee

“His legacy will continue.”

Bob Chandler became our mentor and our friend. He shared his calm nature and his sly wry humor with us. He will forever be in our hearts. For those whose lives he touched in the National Park Service and our partners, his impact will continue in our professional and personal lives. His legacy will continue.

National Park Directors recognized Bob as a unique leader who could handle the challenges of new urban parks in the Santa Monica Mountains and at the Presidio of San Francisco. He was just as innovative in resolving resource problems in traditional parks where he served at Olympic, the Everglades, in the Grand Canyon., and other sites listed.

He enjoyed these challenges. He had an uncanny ability to get things done while engaging with constituents, community groups, and with his staff. All of us will miss him.

Please address your comments to Bob's family and friends. Add your memories, the lessons you learned from him, and photos or memorabilia to share with all of us. Thanks to all of you.

Thursday, February 10, 2011

I Called Him "Cool Hand Luke"

GGNRA photo, circa 1996
Bob Chandler, President Bill Clinton, and Brian O'Neill
with San Francisco Conservation Corps members

Remembering Bob Chandler  
An excerpt from former NPS Deputy Director Denis Galvin's letter read at the Tribute on March 5

"I used to call him ‘Cool Hand Luke’. You could send him into the center of the most heated controversies and the volume would go down, the phone calls to Washington would stop, and solutions would be found.   Bob would have people talking to each other.   And when he left the phone calls would resume, complaining that  Bob was leaving.

"When (then NPS Director) Roger Kennedy sent him to the Presidio in a new position as General Manager, there was justifiable confusion about National Park Service roles there. I went to San Francisco and spent a day with Stan Albright, Brian O’Neill, and Bob to work things out. Returning to Washington, I wrote our agreements down and sent a 'draft' back to them.   I never saw it again.   I didn’t expect to, with Bob at the center of things every thing worked out... "

Denis Galvin
McLean, Virginia
Retired Deputy Director, National Park Service

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