Russell Chambers of Vail died May 30
Russell Carlyle Chambers, M.D., an entrepreneur and philanthropist who lived in Vail, died May 30 of complications from his battle with multiple myeloma. He was 61.Chambers was born at Boston’s Massachusetts General Hospital in 1943, the first of Alice Missiaen and George Russell Chambers’ three children. He was their only son.Family members say Chambers became an entrepreneur during his teenage years. He managed a pizza delivery business, a vending machine operation and refurbished golf balls all before graduating from college.
At the University of Delaware, Chamber was on the varsity golf and basketball teams. Throughout his life, family members say, he enjoyed scuba diving, snowshoeing, skiing, hiking, tennis and golf. He also finished the Boston Marathon. Chambers continued his post-graduate education at George Washington University and The New Jersey School of Medicine. After receiving his M.D., he worked at the University of Miami, D.C. General in Bethesda, Md., and Georgia Baptist Hospital in Atlanta. Chambers practiced medicine for a short period in Atlanta prior to joining a close fried in Texas to assist with the start-up of the Pacemaker Company – Intermedics. Chambers continued his involvement with biotechnology following the sale of Intermedics to Sulzer Limited of Switzerland. Chambers founded Hemex Scientific, a manufacturer of bileaflet pyrolitic carbon mechanical heart valves, and Arrhythmia Research Technology, a supplier to universities and researchers in the field of signal-averaged electrocardiography.Dr. Chambers is survived by his wife of 16 years, Carol Petrie-Chambers, and four nieces, Missiaen, Casey, Hannah and Julie Jenkins.
In 1990, Chambers, founded the Chambers Medical Foundation, which gave grants for medical research at biomedical companies and universities. “His success as a pioneer in the biomedical community provided him with the ability to support scores of other medical and non-medical ventures,” Chambers’ son, Jason, said. “His generosity will be missed as he was always willing to assist those in need. His energy, passion and enthusiasm for life will be missed by all of those who knew and loved him.”Chambers’ body will be laid to rest this weekend in the Vail Valley, where, his son said, “his soul will always reside.” Chambers is survived by his only child, Jason Russell Chambers; Jason’s mother, Elaine Chambers; and two sisters, Linda Jenkins and Julie Askew.