Fred Clark Chandler, Jr., age 91, passed away peacefully in his sleep at home in Houston on Dec. 18, 2017. He was born on March 12, 1926 in Stephenville. He led a very full and interesting life. Up until his last few days, he was completely alert and busy raising his son Henderson, age 14, and working with his wife of 27 years, Xia Hua, in their international cotton business.
Chandler went to Austin High School where, among many other achievements, he finished second in the high jump at the state track meet. He went on to the University of Texas and was vice president of the student body and a member of Delta Tau Delta fraternity. He earned his B.A. in 1950, completed one year of law school, and then moved out to west Texas to be a cotton farmer. He was awarded the “Outstanding Young Texan” award for contributions to agriculture.
In 1964, Chandler returned to the University of Texas law school and earned his J.D. with honors where he was associate editor of the law review. He served as briefing attorney to Chief Justice Robert W. Calvert of the Texas Supreme Court and then earned a masters degree in Taxation from New York University.
In 1968, Chandler commenced a 32 year tenure as Professor of Tax Law and received numerous awards, including the Rutgers University Lindback Foundation Award for Distinguished Teaching. He was admitted to the Bars in New Jersey, Pennsylvania, and Texas.
Chandler was a visiting professor at a number of law schools around the country. In 1990, Professor Chandler taught federal income taxation in Beijing at the University of International Business and Economics and lectured in various Chinese universities, including the University of Bejjing, Nankai University in Tianjin, Zhejiang University in Hangzhou, and the Shanghai Institute of Foreign Trade, as well as the tax colleges of the People’s Republic of China, which are located in Changchun and Yangzhou. Professor Chandler conducted extensive research with respect to China’s developing legal system.
Chandler was an avid sportsman and, in his 60s, found time to compete in 30 triathalons on the east and west coasts and in Texas. Then, after living in China for many years, Chandler returned to Texas in 2004 where he and his wife Xia Hua formed Lone Star Global, Inc., a Texas corporation with a representative office in Quindao, China. They began selling to Chinese textile mills raw cotton imported from the US, India, Australia, Pakistan, Mexico and West Africa.
Chandler was predeceased by his parents, Fred C. Chandler Sr. and Donnie Winters Chandler and his sister, Henry Ann Davis.
Survivors include his wife Xia Hua Chandler; their sons Henderson and Fred Clark Chandler III; daughter Sally Chandler; son-in-law Mark Chalmers; granddaughters Lee Chandler – Chalmers, Grace Chandler Blankenship, and Lauren Wendorf Chandler; and great-granddaughters Scarlett Harris and Rylie Ann.
A private memorial will be held by his family.
Memorial contributions are gratefully accepted to support the Fred C. Chandler, Jr. Endowed Scholarship, Rutgers Law School, 217 N. 5th St., Camden, NJ 08102.