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REV. STEPHEN R. CHAMBERLAIN DIES; AIDED WAR ON POVERTY HERE

A memorial service for the Rev. Stephen R. Chamberlain, a former Buffalo minister and anti-poverty agency director, will be held at 3 p.m. Sunday in Chatterton Hill Church, White Plains.

Mr. Chamberlain, 61, died Thursday (May 25, 1989) in Greenwich (Conn.) Hospital. A family spokesman said he was a victim of acquired immune deficiency syndrome.

From 1960 through 1967, Mr. Chamberlain served as pastor of the former Jerusalem United Church of Christ, Doat Street and Goemble Avenue.

After that church merged with Zoar United Church of Christ, he served for six years as administrator of the Task Force for Co-operative Metropolitan Ministry, an agency that was active in the war on poverty in Buffalo's inner city. Later, he wrote two books on Buffalo, filled temporary preaching posts in several area churches and worked as a security guard and cab driver.

For the last 10 years, he worked as a sales representative for Highlights for Children, an educational magazine. During that period he lived in White Plains for five years and later in Ossining.

A native of New Britain, Conn., Mr. Chamberlain was a graduate of Yale University and a 1951 graduate of Union Theological Seminary, New York City. Before coming to Buffalo, he served churches in Andover and West Norwalk, Conn.

Mr. Chamberlain is survived by two sons, Stephen U. of Fair Haven, Vt., and Samuel G. of Seattle, Wash.; a daughter, Constance Chamberlain-VanDerMark of Cambridge, Mass.; a brother, Rodman W. Chamberlain Jr. of Atlanta, Ga.; a sister, Elizabeth Chamberlain of Greenbrae, Calif., and a granddaughter.

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