Born: Dec. 1, 1932

Died: July 11, 2000

Married: Barbara Roop

Children: Sally Schweizer, Laurie Edsall, Polly Chapin-Grebe, Linda Kerr, Bill Chapin

Breckinridge 'Breck' Chapin  taught elementary school and was principal at Lake Clear and Bloomingdale schools where he introduced the gifted and talented program and coached basketball.  For his last ten years he served as the director of volunteers at the Visitor Interpretive Center in Paul Smiths, where he worked to establish the Butterfly House.

Adirondack Daily Enterprise, July 13, 2000

Breckinridge Chapin

 SARANAC LAKE- - Breckinridge Chapin, 67, of Harrietstown Road,-.Saranac  Lake, died Tuesday, July 11, 2000, at his home.

Born Dec. 1, 1932 in Central Square, he was the son of Laurence and Fayma (Lewis) Chapin.

Mr. Chapin was a graduate of Franklin Academy in Malone in 1950 and of the Peddie Preparatory School in Heightstown, N.J. in 1951. He graduated from Brown University in 1955 and from Plattsburgh State University in 1967 with a master's degree in education. While at Brown, he was a member of the Reserve Officer Training Corps. (ROTC) for two years and then was a veteran of the U.S. Marine Corps from. 1955 to 1957.

He was married to Barbara Roop Chapin on Jan. 28, 1956.

He taught elementary school and was principal at Lake Clear and Bloomingdale schools, and he was involved in introducing the gifted and talented program to the schools: He was a coach for the high school basketball team. He taught for over 25 years, retiring in 1989. .

He was director of volunteers at the Breckinridge Chapin Adirondack Park Visitor Interpretive Center in Paul Smiths, from 1991 to 1998. He was a member of the North Star Industries Board of Directors, the. Harrietstown Housing Authority, the Cornell Cooperative Extension, the Harrietstown Cemetery Committee, the Ecumenical Council and the Saranac Lake Rotary Club. He had been a town of Harrietstown councilman; a member, deacon and elder of the. First Presbyterian Church; archbishop of the Saranac Lake Winter Camival and a Pee Wee Hockey coach.

Survivors include four daughters: Sally Schweizer of Lake Clear, Laurie Edsall of Candor, Polly Chapin-Grebe of Petersburg, Alaska and Linda Kerr of Saranac Lake; one son, Bill Chapin of Saranac Lake; one sister, Nancy Chapin-Freeman of Philadelphia, Penn.; eight grandchildren; and a special friend, Linda Osborne of Ticonderoga.

He was predeceased by his wife on Dec. 31, 1989 and by a granddaughter Carly Chapin.

A memorial service will be held at 11 a.m. Tuesday, July 18 at the First Presbyterian Church in Saranac Lake with Rev. John Fitch officiating.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Saranac Lake Rescue Squad, the Saranac Lake Free Library or a favorite charity in care of the Fortune-Keough Funeral Home, which is in charge of arrangements.


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