John R.

John R. “Jack” Chambers, died Dec. 15, 2020, in Houston. While sophomore class president at Baylor, Chambers was the primary influence for raising the money to install the green lights on Pan Neff Hall to be lit following winning sports events and other significant occasions. He was the oldest of the five Baylor children, plus three in-law children, of Lois Rutledge Chambers and retired U.S. Air Force Maj. Bob Chambers, BA ’57. Jack proudly claimed that 18 family members attended Baylor over decades and continued constant contact and promotion of what goes on at Baylor, especially through correspondence with most of the coaching and broadcast staff. He always made a point to highlight the good qualities or accomplishments of the people he met. Chambers initially majored in music at Baylor before changing to communications. Early in his multifaceted career, he hosted an Austin-based radio talk show focused on politics, social issues, religious matters and other related affairs. He was a syndicated columnist published in 25 newspapers throughout Texas, and some of his work was featured in USA Today, The Wall Street Journal, the Los Angeles Times and the Chicago Tribune. In 2000, Chambers began Houston and Beyond, a weekly radio show promoting entertainment, sporting events and fine dining. He was a prolific public speaker and an accomplished pianist and singer with a repertoire of more than 500 songs in various styles from the 1940s to 1990s. He was also fluent in Spanish and often traveled to Latin America. Chambers is survived by his parents, four siblings and their spouses, 15 nephews and nieces, and 21 great-nephews/nieces.