Name: William Wallace Chambers , Jr.
Birth: 3 DEC 1915 in Smith Co., TN
Death: 19 SEP 2000 in Beaufort Co., SC
Dr. William W. Chambers, emeritus professor of anatomy in the School
of Medicine, died on September 19, 2000 at the age of 85 after a long
battle with Parkinson's Disease.
In 1947, Dr. Chambers joined the Penn faculty and became a noted
teacher and researcher of the central nervous system. He was
instrumental in the reorganization of the course in neuroanatomy for
first-year medical students combining structure and function. He also
was one of the founders (with Professor Louis B. Flexner) of the
Institute of Neurological Sciences in 1953, one of the first such
groups in the U.S. organized to stimulate multidisciplinary research.
He remained at Penn until he took early retirement in 1979.
Dr. Chambers received his bachelor's degree and Ph.D. at Vanderbilt,
after which he spent a postdoctoral year in the Neurological Institute
of Northwestern University Medical. At Penn he worked with Dr.
Chan-Nao Liu, also in anatomy, to publish Dr. Chambers' best known
research which provided clear evidence that spinal injury stimulated
significant growth in neurons in areas adjacent to the injured site.
Dr. Chambers is survived by his wife, Alma; a daughter, Anne; and a
Sep 22, 2000 Savanna Morning News
William W. Chambers Jr.
BEAUFORT -- William Wallace Chambers Jr., 84, died Sept. 19 at home.
He was born in Dixon Springs, Tenn., and was a resident of Beaufort
County since 1979. He was a professor of neurosciences at the
University of Pennsylvania Medical School. His degrees included a
Ph.D. He was a member of the American Association of Anatomists,
American Association of Physiology and the Institute of Neurological
Sciences. He was a member of the Baptist Church in Carthage, Tenn.
SURVIVORS: his wife, Alma Fults Chambers of Beaufort; a son, William
W. Chambers III of Wallingford, Pa.; a daughter, Anne Lanier Clauser
of Media, Pa.; a sister, Joanne O'Dell of Knoxville, Tenn.; and a
Services will be private.
Anderson Funeral Home.
Father: William Wallace Chambers b: 6 SEP 1881 in Tennessee
Mother: Corinne Esther Lanier b: 16 DEC 1887 in Madison Co., TN
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