David Ballantine Chandler

March 23, 1937December 31, 2020

ORLEANS, MA. David B. Chandler, aged 83, died from a stroke on December 31, 2020. He is survived by his wife Susan Meyers Chandler and son Michael; his sister-in-law Gail Meyers Lavin; niece Caroline Bennett and her children Emily and Matthew Shera and nephew, Robert Sharman.

David was born in Hamilton, Ontario. He received his BA and MA from McMaster University and his Ph.D. from Cornell University. He taught sociology at the University of Hawaii (U.H) for 35 years and served as the Director of the University’s Program on Conflict Resolution. He retired in 2003.

David loved teaching. He was an avid volunteer mediator with the Mediation Center of the Pacific for over 25 years and was a founding member of its predecessor, the Neighborhood Justice Center of Hawaii. He developed the Hawaii model of mediation diagram which is still used as an educational tool in the training of thousands of mediators across Hawaii. He was known for his patience, humor, great listening skills and calm demeanor.

David was also a talented potter and woodworker. He enjoyed playing tennis on Jonathan Moore’s Brickhill Road Tennis Court with a wonderful group of “old people.” He became the grand master of game scheduling.

He moved to Cape Cod in May, 2020. He will be buried in Orleans. Memorial contributions may be made to the Mediation Center of the Pacific, 1301 Young Street 2nd floor. Honolulu, HI 96814. For online condolences, please visit


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Kathy Wells

January 9, 2021

I liked David very much. As shown in the photo , he was an easy man to like.
Indeed, he was a good listener so when I wavered about my chosen profession, he heard my concern of irrelevance, and pitched me the possibility of becoming a mediator, like himself. That’s when I saw his full commitment to this enterprise.

I’m sorry I never got a chance to personally witness some of his playful joys. I learned thru phone conversations with Susan that David spent amounts of free time zooming around in a go-cart! Sorry I missed that image. Likewise Susan told me how busy David was planting and attending to their tomato plants. Perhaps I will get to see some earlier photos?

I will miss David but I know he had a good and happy life with Susan and Michael by his side.