About Chelmers

Chelmer Means

In Memory of Chalmers Edward MEANS May 13, 1930 - September 11, 2014 Chalmers Means, educator at SUCO and longtime resident of Otego, passed away Sept. 11, 2014 at the NY Veterans Home in Oxford. He is survived by his wife, Barbara, 4 children, 8 grandchildren and 2 great grandchildren. Chalmers was born May 13, 1930 on a dairy farm in Shippensburg, PA. He served as an airplane mechanic for the Air Force during the Korean War. His love of farming, teaching and storytelling extended throughout his life. While still at SUCO, he expanded his expertise to include sheepherding and trialing with the Border Collie dog, Chalmers was one of the original founders of the Leatherstocking Sheepdog Trial, still held in Cooperstown every August. He was a beloved teacher in the Reading Education Department at SUCO, and inspired many in the teaching profession. He founded the annual Catskill Whole Language Conference, which drew speakers and attendees to Oneonta from around the world. After his retirement, he wrote his memoirs for his family and friends, entitled As I Recall. He was a great inspiration to many. He will be missed. That'll do, Dad.