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“Cordy” Chambers III ’67: Retired State Trooper, Author, Barber, Bowler, and Historian

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Cordes “Cordy” Chambers III ’67 is an interesting man, and that’s putting it mildly. Since his time at BEASD he has lived a life full of successful professional endeavors, unique personal hobbies and generous amounts of volunteer work.

It’s safe to say that Cordy’s interests ran the gamut even during his time in school. While at BEASD, he played football, basketball, and baseball, and he also wrestled. He earned three varsity letters in football and wrestling, and four in baseball.

Additionally, he was a member of, or participated in, the student council, yearbook staff, varsity club, hall patrol, leader’s club, the senior play, and chorus.

Looking back on his school days, Cordy says he can see now that his teachers were preparing him for the future.

“I don’t think we as students realized then that our teachers were preparing us for our next stages in life,” says Cordy. “We just wanted to pass the courses and move on, but, that comes with hindsight.”

Professionally, Cordy worked as a State Trooper who arrested, and ultimately helped prosecute, a very dangerous criminal of the time - Gary Lee Rock. On July 2, 1977, Rock killed two men and injured four others. Cordy was stationed at Chambersburg, as a Criminal Investigator, when these crimes occurred.

During his years in law enforcement Cordy moved up in the ranks, being promoted to Corporal in 1990 before retiring in February 1996.

That same year, he graduated from the Barber Stylist Institute. Along with his daughter, Corie, Cordy opened a Cosmetology salon. He was a barber manager until 2014, when he retired for the second time.

He says that one lesson he learned at school that he carried with him throughout his life was to take responsibility for his own actions.

“I was taught a trait that I have always gone by, to take responsibility for my own actions, good or not so good, and not to pass it on,” Cordy explains. “If I messed up in some sporting event, or was ill prepared for a test, it was my fault and no one else. That continued on into my adult life.”

Cordy also attributes his love of history to his time at BEASD. Life got hectic after graduation with raising children and building a career, but his love for history resurfaced a few years later when he was taking continuing education courses at Penn State.

Since his last name is Chambers, his history professor tasked him with writing a paper on Chambersburg and the Chambers family.

“I did just that and it started a 28-year passion of researching local, state and national history, mostly through actual newspaper accounts,” says Cordy. “I have written eight books, titled, The Mountaintop Thru Newspaper Accounts. They contain accounts of life on the Mountaintop (Snow Shoe Borough, Snow Shoe Township and Burnside Township) from the 1770’s through 1941.”

He has also had several articles published and conducted extensive research on Boalsburg’s Civil War General James Brisbin and the Rockview State Penitentiary. His research has uncovered history about many people in the area and Cordy generously shares his findings with others who are doing genealogy.

Amidst all of these things, Cordy somehow found the time to be an avid bowler. He took first place in 2013 at the Pennsylvania State Bowling Championship, Senior Tournament, Handicap Division, in the age 60-64 bracket.

Throughout this life Cordy has been very generous with his time and skills. It’s obvious that service to others is important to him. Just a few of his notable contributions include:

• Six years in the United States Army Reserves
• American Legion Post 813, Clarence, Pa. Honor Guard
• Twelve years of Centre County United Way, Day of Caring, the last eight years as a Project Coordinator.
• Snow Shoe Askey Cemetery Association, Board of Directors.
• Rejuvenating the Clarence Mounties Baseball Team in 1997

When asked what his advice would be to today’s students, Cordy has a list of items. 

“Do not experiment or take illegal drugs. Do not associate with people that take illegal drugs. Use your common sense. Do your best in academics, but, don’t make it a job. Get involved in whatever the BEASD has to offer. Smile a lot; it will open doors for you.”

Cordy and his wife Deb were married in 1971 in Bellefonte. They have two daughters, Crista and Corie, and four grandchildren.