Jacqueline L. Chambers, 68, counselor, cancer advocate

November 10, 2005

Jacqueline Louise Chambers, a retired counselor and advocate of breast cancer awareness, died of congestive heart failure Nov. 3 at her Pikesville home. She was 68.

Born Jacqueline Louise Barclay in New York City, she moved to Baltimore in 1968 with her husband, Dr. Donald C. Chambers, an obstetrician and gynecologist who practices at Sinai Hospital.

Mrs. Chambers had attended Hunter College, and after raising her family earned a bachelor's degree from the College of Notre Dame of Maryland and a master's in counseling from the Johns Hopkins University.

She became an academic and career counselor at what is now Baltimore City Community College, and later worked with the elderly in Towson.

Mrs. Chambers was found to have breast cancer in 1975. After a recurrence in 1993, she volunteered with the University of Maryland to establish a breast cancer support group, the Sisters Network, for African-American women. She was the group's first president. She addressed groups on her experiences and discussed the importance of mammograms, treatment and research.

She was a board member of the Maryland affiliate of the Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer Foundation and helped plan Race for the Cure fundraising events.

Mrs. Chambers was a member of the Links service organization, the Pierians arts group, and Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority.

Services were Tuesday.

In addition to her husband of 47 years, survivors include two sons, Christopher Chambers of Washington and Bradley Chambers of Baltimore; a daughter, Kimberly Chambers of Charlotte, N.C.; her mother, Louise Barclay of Pikesville; a sister, Dolores Barclay of New York City; and three grandchildren.

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