|Title:||Class of 1998|
Malcolm Chandler earned distinction as an instrumental member of the storied 6-0 football squad of 1938, the first undefeated team in WPI history and the only undefeated and untied squad in New England that year. As a starting offensive tackle, he led a fierce offensive line. He was a three-year letter winner in football, but his real claim to fame came from his achievements in the sport of track and field.
During his four letter-winning years in dual-meet competition, he proved himself one of the top weight men in New England. He competed in a total of nine meets, winning the hammer, the shot put and the discus six times each. When he graduated from WPI, he held the school records in the shot and discus. His greatest accomplishments came at the Eastern Championships. In 1938, he was the champion in the hammer and discus and took second in the shot put. The following year, he repeated ass champion in the hammer and discus and placed third in the shot.
After he left WPI, he worked 28 years as a civil engineer for A.F. Peaslee Co. constructing schools and churches in the Hartford, Conn., area. He served his country for five years in the U.S. Marine Corps at Guadalcanal, Tarawa, and other sports in the Pacific, retiring as a lieutenant colonel. Through the years, he greatly enjoyed skiing, saltwater fishing, playing tennis and spending time with his wife, Beth, and his sons, Bruce, Alan and Charles, at the family cottage on Nantucket.
It is a privilege to honor one of the greatest weight men in school history by inducting Malcolm Chandler into the WPI Athletic Hall of Fame.