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George Chandlee
Courtesy National Lacrosse Hall of Fame
George "Chiefie" Chandlee
March 20, 1914 - June 5, 1994

Chandlee, George M., Jr.
Yale University, 1977, Inducted into the
National Lacross Hall of Fame
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      The son of George Mottu Chandlee and Clara Reiman Chandlee, George Chandlee was born in Baltimore on March 20, 1914. His father played lacrosse for City College and was captain of the freshman team at Johns Hopkins University in 1907.

      A graduate of the Calvert School in 1926 and of the Gilman School in 1932, Chandlee first played lacrosse on a pick-up team of sixth graders. He then played for four years at Gilman and was captain of and midfielder on Gilman's first varsity lacrosse team in 1932. He played attack for the Yale freshman team and for the varsity lacrosse team for three years, graduating from Yale in 1936.

      Teaching in the lower school at Gilman from 1936-40, he coached lacrosse at the fifth and sixth grade level and also the junior varsity team. At this time he started training as an official with the Southern Lacrosse Officials' Association. Moving to Cooperstown, N.Y., in 1940, he officiated lacrosse games in central New York. He served in the Army of the United States from 1942-46, attaining the rank of staff sergeant.

      In 1946 he returned to Gilman as an instructor of mathematics and assistant lacrosse coach. In 1947 he succeeded Ferris Thomsen as coach of lacrosse at Gilman and held this position for 23 years. His 1937 team won the Maryland Scholastic Association Championship for the first time in the school's history. His success as a coach spans the time from 1947-70, when Gilman tied for the title with St. Paul's School. In that time Gilman won 172 games, lost 42, and tied 3. Gilman won championships in 1948-50 and 1956.

      Of some 600 Gilman lacrosse players, many continued in collegiate, club, and coaching careers, and 38 received All-American recognition. A speaker at several lacrosse clinics, he had an article published in the Handbook of Coaching Techniques. He has been a consultant for books on lacrosse authored by Herton Evans and Robert Scott. He was selected High School Coach of the Year in 1970 by Hero's Inc.

      Over the years he was active in the United States Lacrosse Association and served on its executive committee as a high school representative. He was vice president of this organization and was its president for two years, 1965 and 1966. As past president he served on the executive board of the United States Intercollegiate Lacrosse Association.

      A long-time interest in the Lacrosse Foundation and Hall of Fame was culminated by his election as president in 1976 and 1977. He was its first executive secretary, on a part-time basis, in 1971, and was secretary and vice president prior to 1976. He has been a member of the Board of Directors. In June of 1977, he was the recipient of the service Award of the United States Intercollegiate Lacrosse Association.

      Chandlee has taught mathematics at Gilman since 1946, and was chairman of the Mathematics Department from 1967-72. In 1960-61 he had a National Science Foundation grant to study as a member of a high school mathematics teacher's institute and received an M.A. degree from Louisiana State University. He was head of Gilman Summer School program for several years. For some 20 years he was head councilor at Hyde Bay Camp for boys in Cooperstown, N.Y. He has been a member of Brown Memorial Church and served for two years on the board of Deacons. He was married in 1954 to Mary Catherine Christman, the secretary of one Dr. Lawrence K. Pickett (aka Bull / the Doctor / Lawry Pickett's dad) in Syracuse, New York.┬áMary was later known as Mrs. Macy due to her work in the Store.

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