Chicago saddened at the loss of Henry T. Chandler, Jr.
The Crossroads Fund community is grief-stricken at learning about the passing of Henry T. Chandler, Jr. (Harry), who passed away on Tuesday, September 13, 2011. Chicago has lost a great friend, community member, and leader.
Harry joined the board of Crossroads Fund in May of 2000, and continued to serve until his passing. Harry was a dedicated board member, contributing to every area of our work during his eleven years of service. Harry loved to engage with Crossroads Fund grantees. He generously shared his beautiful home for our annual volunteer thank you party. He asked lots of questions and enjoyed a challenging discussion in the Board room. He loved a good meal and a good party and was a great supporter of our annual event and all of our work. Harry was dedicated to inclusion and access for people with disabilities – and for all people.
Harry’s life had an enormous impact across Chicago. He served as a board member and board chair at Access Living during their successful capital campaign to build a permanent space that is a model of Universal and Green Design. He also served on the boards of Openlands, the ACLU of Illinois, and the Chicago Transit Authority, along with participating on the Advisory Board for the Persons with Disabilities Fund of the Chicago Community Trust. Our friends at Access Living said it best when they noted that Harry’s body of work leaves a legacy of accessibility, empowerment, and independence that will be treasured by thousands, both inside and outside the disability community.
Harry’s humor, generosity, and political conviction gave so much to the Crossroads Fund community and beyond. Our thoughts are with his family and the many others who were touched by his life.
We will miss him very much.