Judy Chambers Obituary, Death – Former Director of Student Affairs Judy Chambers ’58, ’60, a student life pioneer and a beloved mentor and icon at Pacific, passed away on July 11 at Stanford Hospital. At 87, she was an old lady. Chambers was the first woman to head Pacific’s Division of Student Life, and she went on to other firsts in her career. She had a stellar reputation as an activist who truly cared about her Pacific Islander student body. And she managed to keep a smile on her face the whole time. President Christopher Callahan remarked that Judy “was a fixture and a beacon light for our university—through good times and bad” throughout the course of seven decades.
“She was Pacific’s first lady,” The President and First Lady Jean had the honor of visiting Judy at her home on Tuesday. She was full of life, full of humor and irreverence, and most of all, full of hope. Simply said, it’s classic Judy Chambers. Chambers began her long association with Pacific as a student in 1954, and it continues to this day. At the suggestion of her friend and former president Robert Burns (they used to go on bike rides together), Chambers just once left Pacific. While going for her master’s degree, Chambers volunteered in the Dean of Women’s Office.
If you don’t leave here and mature, (President) Burns said, you’ll never amount to more than a student. So, leave, and I’ll give you a ring when I think it’s time for you to return. In an interview for the university’s archives conducted in 2008, Chambers confirmed that this was indeed the case. She taught speech for eight years and served as dean of women at Ohio’s Mt. Union College. As President Burns’s assistant, she came back to Pacific in 1968.