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David Chandler

Date of Death: April 18, 2017
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A CELEBRATION OF THE LIFE AND WORK OF DAVID CHANDLER Register at https://davidchandlercelebration.eventbrite.com Friday, June 16, 2017, 9:15am-6:30pm University of California at Berkeley Organizers UC Berkeley Department of Chemistry, The Chandler family, and The many people who comprise David Chandler’s scientific family around the world Please join us for a memorial conference and reception celebratingContinue Reading

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Jonathan Erbe (Jonny-Bird) left a message on March 15, 2021:
David Chandler was a very nice man. His real name is Daddy-Bird, many don't know that, and many do. He was a kind man I've gotten to know over many years in New Hampshire among friends in our group of neighboring houses and sharing a cove. Friendship with the family has been a blessing. It's rare to find a place where friendships are long lasting and really experiencing life alongside, with a different family. The Chandler family has factored in as a significant family, in my life. David Chandler was a very smart, accomplished, scientifically brilliant man, very kind and gentle. He loved the lake and New Hampshire and we sailed together played tennis lots of nice moments and dinners. I saw him near when he died, before he died. We exchanged pleasantries and he expressed regret he thought he felt bad he was leaving people behind. Lord, please bless David's soul, let him know that he is loved and his life was appreciated.
Jesse C left a message on January 21, 2018:
I never got to meet David. I was supposed to meet him in 2011 at the ACS meeting in California, but I got very ill, so I couldn't make it out there. Then shortly after I had to make a very difficult decision to leave the world of theoretical and computational chemistry. That was the only world I felt have ever felt comfortable residing within. It was and still is tough because I just found out he passed about five minutes ago. I truly wish that I could have met David once because to me he was a myth and a legend because his works especially transition path sampling forcefully shaped both my past and will continue to hold sway over my future. If you ask anyone who really knows me well I have to say they will agree that I like statistical mechanics quite a whole lot. Probably way too much now that I think about it. It's strange because I smile knowing he gave me and all of the world one of the greatest gifts. I guess I don't necessarily have memories with him, but I think about him quite a bit. I'm very thankful for that.
Melanie Sonsteng left a message on April 27, 2017:
I'm sending much love to the Chandler family. David was a gem and I'm glad to have met him! His love for his wife and family was especially endearing to me, and I share in the sorrow of his passing. ~Melanie Sonsteng Miller
Jordi Martí left a message on April 25, 2017:
David was a great scientist, with a huge instinct for new ideas. Undoubtedly, one of the top physical chemists of the world. And, even most important, he was also a good human being, friendly person who allowed me to work in Berkeley for a year in his lab and from whom I learned a lot. I will always be grateful to him. May he rest in peace. Jordi Marti, Barcelona (Catalonia)
David Hsu (1986-89) left a message on April 29, 2017:
Thank you for this link. I enjoyed reading his autobiography. His writing style captures how he was in life - honest, unsparing especially of himself. But also kind and loving. I remember when he invited us (his then-students) to his home in Berkeley. It was filled with warmth, and then he played piano for us, and that was magic. You are fortunate to have had such a wonderful human being for father. My deepest condolences.
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Swapna Sundaram left a message on June 6, 2017:
Such an inspiring yet unassuming account of his own life and achievements by David!
Cynthia Chandler left a message on April 26, 2017:
Please enjoy David Chandler's own autobiography here: http://gold.cchem.berkeley.edu/Pubs/DC204.pdf
Jim Wynne left a message on May 22, 2017:
I have many fond memories of David and his wife, Elaine, who were my wife's and my good friends for more than 50 years. Here I will limit my remarks to a great gift David bestowed on me. He taught me how to play a winning game of tennis, a sport I have played for the past 65 years. David and I grew up in the same village, Great Neck, NY, but I did not get to know him until he and Elaine moved into the married students' apartments at Harvard, where my wife and I lived, while he and I were both attending graduate school. We were both tennis players. I had a big serve, but an inconsistent set of ground strokes, which prevented me from making my college tennis team. In contrast, David was as steady as a rock, and he was #1 on the MIT tennis team. Once we found another, naturally we started playing tennis on a regular basis. At first, he would beat me quite consistently, by hitting the ball low and short to my forehand, which gave me trouble because I did not bend my knees sufficiently. After a while, his inherent talent as an excellent teacher emerged, and he began to coach me, encouraging me to bend my knees and hit those low forehands with some underspin, something I had not been taught and could not figure out by myself. I took his advice, significantly improving my game, and by the time we completed graduate school, I could beat him in many of our friendly matches. I also found that I could now beat other opponents who used to beat me. Others have commented on his talent for science, both as a researcher and a teacher. I wanted to highlight a different area of his expertise, namely as a competitive athlete. I will miss him, and Barbara and I send our heartfelt condolences to Elaine, their children, and grandchildren. Jim Wynne
Swapna Sundaram left a message on June 6, 2017:
My first memory of moving into our new Berkeley Hills house (a little over two years ago) is that of David walking up our driveway stairs, surrounded by our boxes and the movers. Even though I could clearly tell that he was unwell, he had a broad smile on his face as he introduced himself and offered his and Elaine's welcome to us for joining their residential community, and also offering their help if we needed it in any way. He was fighting his own health battle, and he was offering help to us, when it should've been the other way around! I was blown away by his thoughtfulness and generosity. My husband and I invited them to dinner once we had properly settled in, and I still remember the lovely conversations we had about his life and career and daughters, his enduring love (Elaine) and how he tried wooing her in college by playing the piano, and his other love (tennis) that he discussed with me, since I am an avid tennis player also. Our deepest condolences go out to Elaine, his daughters and their families. Please do let us know how we can be of assistance now and in the future; feel free to knock on our door or send us a text anytime, Elaine!
Rosemary Williams left a message on May 22, 2017:
Lit a candle in memory of David Chandler
David Coker left a message on June 17, 2017:
I couldn't make it to Berkeley to be there with you for David's memorial this weekend, but I could steal a few more quite minutes with David through the wonderful memoir he left us. Reading it took me back to our first meeting in Canberra, Australia, in 1982 I think, where, this then legendary scientist, spent an entire afternoon with me, a lowly second year graduate student, talking about the connection between path integrals and diffusion Monte Carlo. I was scared to death at first, but somehow I didn't get ripped to shreds as I was expecting and instead it was a gentle and inspirational experience with this remarkable guy who was full of questions and ideas. From that point on David's support for me was unwavering. God knows what I had said or what he saw, but David pushed Bruce Berne into hiring me as a post-doc, and he has looked out for me ever since, proudly touting to whoever would listen that he had "discovered" me .... somewhat embarrassing, but WOW! Are you kidding me?! I don't know that I deserved such an honor. Bruce and David had a relationship built on friendly, and occasionally fiery competition. I remember a CECAM meeting in Lyon, France, in the early 90's I think. It was during David and Bruce's "running period". A group of us was leisurely strolling by the Rhone, chatting and heading to the old city for dinner, when we heard rapid fire foot falls approaching. It was Bruce and David...."come on Brucie, I'll beat you to Croix Rousse... we'll see you guys at dinner!" I swear they were wearing matching tracksuits as they disappeared into the cool Lyon evening.... So many memories, so many intimate pieces of a life...watching him play tennis at Berkeley, listening to his stories of the great Aussie tennis champs...the legends that I had grown up with and that we shared, Chez Panisse and Zinfandel, hanging on the intriguing insights in his lucid and inspiring lectures, discussing the role of quantum coherence in condensed phases and his plans to get back into quantum dynamics while canoeing on the lake together at "Camp Chandler" in New Hampshire, his revelation that I am a lousy canoe paddler. Lobsters! More recently his hopes for a new Argon cancer therapy from Norway and his introducing me to stand up paddle boarding... he let me know I was better at that! I feel like I only scratched the surface in getting to know him, but what an incredible privilege, what a legacy, what a life, I miss him terribly. My deepest sympathies. David Coker, Boston, MA.
Jim Tobin left a message on May 17, 2017:
Hi Elaine...I am sorry to hear of your loss...Jim Tobin
Claudia Holmes left a message on April 28, 2017:
The first time Walter and I met David, he was cradling his crying infant daughter, Phoebe, across his arms while playing the piano to calm her. Many years later we'd regularly visit together in NH, making memories with Fanny the sailboat, and our traditional lobster (steak for Walter), corn, and blueberry pie dinners with plenty of wine. Not long after David began his cancer journey, Walter began his own with leukemia. We are eternally grateful to David for helping Walter get in to Memorial Sloan Kettering for a bone marrow transplant which cured him and saved his life. Today we join the many who mourn the loss of both a brilliant scientist and a dear friend. David will live on in our hearts and minds, but more importantly, his scientific legacy will live forever. Peace be with you, David. --Claudia and Walter
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