Bob Chambers, a part of the fabric of life at Bishop Timon – St. Jude High School since joining the faculty 65 years ago, has died.
The longest serving principal in the school’s history, Chambers dedicated 40 years of his life to the young men who passed through the corridors at 601 McKinley Pkwy. He came to Timon in 1954 as an English teacher and then guidance director, before serving at principal across four different decades, retiring as Development Director in 1994.
He will always be remembered as a man who entered the lives of each student under his care, devoted to seeing them reach their highest potential.
“It’s an honor to carry on the great tradition of Bob Chambers, Timon’s first lay principal,” said Dr. James Newton, Timon Principal. “The entire Timon community joins his family in mourning his loss and celebrating the great legacy he created here.”
“He really embodied Franciscan values, truly lived the Gospel and taught us men how to do that,” said Thomas Sullivan, who was taught by Chambers at Timon and then followed him in the principal's office from 1994-2016.
“He taught by example, and made sure people working at Timon knew that they were part of the mission, that faith and education go hand and hand," said Sullivan.
The Timon Men of 1978 dedicated their yearbook to their principal.
“No individual has sacrificed more for the Timon Community than Mr. Robert H. Chambers,” read the dedication.
“He created a climate where each of us, student and teacher, could work to our maximum capabilities. The wide-open door policy, which began as a guidance counselor, continued with no distinction.
“He has time for everyone—a senior student officer, a bewildered freshman, an irate faculty member, an anxious parent, a clerical worker, a visiting alumnus.
“He has been an unending example of a gentleman who has shown the qualities of a devoted teacher, counselor, and a willing leader…”
“Mr. Chambers is truly the Timon Man.”
Fortes in Fide and Rest in Peace, Mr. Chambers.