"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.

Wednesday, March 16, 2011

Oak tree                               Henry Keller
The Ladybugs and the Acorn

            We visited Bob and Mitzi shortly after they completed the addition to their new home in Tehachapi.  While there we went for a scenic hike in the nearby hills.  During this adventure, we discovered a hatch of ladybugs on the ground – more than the eye could take in. 

The night we got word that Bob had passed away, a lady bug landed on John’s shirt sleeve while he was in the kitchen… a sign from Bob.
             On another trip while Bob and John were out hiking, Bob pointed out the acorn woodpecker holes in the oak trees.  The birds drill holes in the bark of the trees and then stuff acorns in them for later food.  Well, John picked up several of the acorns himself, and Bob said why not plant them.  We now have a very nice sized oak tree in our yard.  

             Great memories were created during our visits with Bob and Mitzi.  Whenever we see a lady bug or a valley oak tree, we will think of them. 

John and Lisa Teichert
Olympic National Park