In Memoriam

Former Scripps President John H. Chandler

John H. Chandler, who served as Scripps’ fourth president from 1976 to 1989, passed away June 8, 2014.

An article in the 1989 edition of the Scripps College Bulletin paid tribute to Chandler upon his retirement, reporting that his “humaneness” was a constant throughout his presidency. It characterized him as an individual who was trademarked by “warmth and sensitivity” and called him “the people’s president.”

Chandler focused much of his career on women’s education and the humanities. Prior to Scripps, he was president of Salem Academy and College, a girls high school and women’s college in Winston-Salem, North Carolina. Previously, he was vice president of the Danforth Foundation and an associate professor and dean of special academic programs at Ohio University. He earned his bachelor’s degree in English from UCLA and a doctorate in religion and literature from the University of Chicago.

He took office at a challenging time for both higher education and Scripps College. The agenda of the day was defined by declining enrollment, budget deficits, and a deteriorating infrastructure. His strategic plan was clear — to restore Scripps College to health, both financially and institutionally. Under his determined leadership, a forward-looking fiscal policy was implemented that in later years helped bring the College out of debt and also helped to revitalize campus grounds and residence halls.

Chandler headed up the College’s first major successful fundraising campaign, “Campaign for Scripps College,” which raised more than $40 million to increase the endowment, allowing the College to attract and retain faculty and students of the highest caliber and strengthen the curriculum.

He also was an ordained minister in the Episcopal Church and devoted his volunteer and community service to a range of organizations. He was a trustee of Newton College of the Sacred Heart, a member of the Clayton, Missouri, Board of Education, director of the Society of Religion in Higher Education, director and vice president of the Little Symphony Association of St. Louis, and chairman of the steering committee of the Early Childhood Development Association of Winston-Salem.

John Chandler is survived by his three sons, John, Seth, and Will, and was preceded in death by his former wife, Nancy.

Scripps College Emeritus Trustee John E. Fleming

Dr. John E. Fleming, Scripps College Emeritus Trustee and Professor Emeritus at the University of Southern California’s Marshall School of Business, died February 2, 2014.

Fleming’s service on the Scripps College Board of Trustees dates back to 1978; he was elected to emeritus status in 2000. Over the majority of those years, along with sitting on multiple committees, he chaired the Finance Committee. He will be greatly missed by his colleagues and many friends in the Scripps community, remembered especially for his compassionate service to others, his keen intelligence, an unfailing sense of humor, and the true sense of purpose around which he built his career in education.

A native of Pasadena, Fleming earned degrees from Caltech (BS), Stanford (MBA) and USC (DBA). He also served our country as a Naval military government officer in the post-war Pacific. He was a loving husband to his wife of 68 years, Zemula, whom he met in the 10th grade. He is survived by his wife and children, 10 grandchildren, and a great-grandson.


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