Dwight Rodes Chamberlain, 68, of Scottsburg, Indiana, passed away peacefully at his home on Saturday, March 10, 2007. He was born on January 26, 1939, in Rochester, New York, son of the late Dwight Russell Chamberlain, of Lyons, NY and King Nelson Chamberlain, of Staunton, VA. Dwight Chamberlain was an avid champion of wildlife conservation, having earned his Bachelors Degree in Biology at Washington and Lee University, his Masters in Wildlife Management at Virginia Polytechnic Institute, and attended the University of Maryland's Doctoral Program with a major in Zoology. In 1966 -67, he was field collaborator at Cornell Laboratory of Ornithology, Cornell University, Ithaca, New York.
He was one of the world's foremost authorities on crows and ravens, with articles published in Virginia Wildlife, Auk, The Conservationist, Kingbird, and Goshawk magazines. He also authored numerous articles for the U.S. Fish and Wildlife service, and many local newspapers. Three of his published technical papers were included in a book entitled, Ravens, Crows, Magpies, and Jays.
Along with his pet Common Raven, Rolph, Mr. Chamberlain appeared on the television programs Ranger Hall, Captain Kangaroo, and To Tell the Truth, all done to increase the public's awareness of and appreciation for his favorite feathered friends.
Mr. Chamberlain presented numerous seminars to the Virginia society of Ornithology, University of Maryland, University of Virginia, and Virginia Polytechnic Institute. He served as an interim instructor of Biology at Hanover College, and was employed by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, Spring Mill State Park, Clifty Falls State Park, Muscatatuck National Wildlife Refuge, and consulted for the Bermuda Department of Agriculture and Fisheries.
He was a lifelong supporter of Ducks Unlimited and helped organize the Scott County Chapter. His greatest honor was when the Dwight Chamberlain Raptor Center was opened and dedicated to him at Hardy Lake State Park on October 3, 2003.
The Dwight R. Chamberlain Graduate Wildlife Scholarship fund, created in 2001, provides scholarships to graduate students who have a genuine interest in conservation through the College of Natural Resources at Virginia Polytechnic Institute. The D. Russell Chamberlain Memorial Scholarship at Hanover College was started by Dwight in memory of his father. Mr. Chamberlain provides academic scholarships for Scott County undergraduates at Ivy Tech State College.
His passion for philanthropy was just as great as his passion for wildlife. His community service awards include the Kiwanis International Tablet of Honor, Kiwanian of the Year, the Kiwanis Legion of Honor Award, the Good Neighbor award presented by the Scottsburg Beautification Committee, the Scott County Arts Council for Outstanding Contributions to the Community, the Outstanding Service Award of the United Way of Scott County, the General Charles Scott Chapter NSDAR Conservation Award, Community Service Award, and their Certificate of Recognition for outstanding work in upholding and promoting the Constitution of the United States. He received the Friend of the College award from the College of Natural Resources, Virginia Polytechnic University, and was recognized by the Amick-Baker-Kellams Lodge 156 Fraternal Order of Police for his outstanding support.
Mr. Chamberlain was also honored by Indiana University's Center on Philanthropy, and he established the D. Russell Chamberlain Memorial Philanthropic Service Award.
He was a lifetime member of the Nature Conservancy, a Kentucky Colonel, a member of the Virginia Tech Caldwell Society, an honorary member of the Sodas Bay Historical Society, a Friend of Hardy Lake, and served on the Scott County Community Foundation Board. His fraternal organizations included, the Phi Sigma Society, Xi Sigma Pi, Sigma Xi, and the Alpha Zeta Fraternity. Dwight also completed the Bartholomew County Sheriff's Academy and was a reserve deputy for Scott County.
On his more infamous side, he was the National Wild Turkey Federation Indiana Chapter Crow Calling Champion of 1992, Champion Owl Hooter, and the Scott County Ugliest Woman of the Year in 2001-the first man ever to earn this dubious title.
His great sense of humor, gentleness of spirit, and generosity of heart touched the lives of many. He will be very sorely missed.
He is survived by his wife, Marilyn Hutton Chamberlain; two stepdaughters, Gia Williams Raterman of Lawrenceburg, Indiana and Summer Williams McKee of Scottsburg, Indiana. Seven grandchildren, Samantha Williams, Sunny Stricker, Keith Bixler and James Bixler all of Scottsburg, Indiana, Katherine Hurd of Palmyra, NJ, J. Wesley and J. Williams Raterman both of Lawrenceburg, Indiana. Five great-grandchildren, Bryce Mathers, Mathias and Damion Groenenboom, Rihana Scull all of Scottsburg and Jaedyn Hurd of Palmyra, NJ and his special companion, Fluffy.
A memorial service will be held at the Lexington Presbyterian Church on Saturday, March 17, 2007, in Lexington, Indiana at 1 p.m. Visitation will be held at the church after 11 a.m. until the time of the service. Private burial will be in Bethel Cemetery in Leota, Indiana at a later date.
Bethel Baptist Church Cemetery
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