Roy Chalmers Gunter, Jr. ’38

Roy Chalmers Gunter, Jr. ’38 died on December 28, 2005, in Charlton, Massachusetts.

Born on June 3, 1916, in Brooklyn, NY, he prepared for college at Woburn (MA) Senior High School and became a member of Kappa Sigma Fraternity at Bowdoin. Following his graduation cum laude and as a member of Phi Beta Kappa in 1938, he received a master of arts degree from Boston University in 1939 and a doctor of philosophy degree, also from Boston University, in 1942. He was a student and graduate assistant there for three years and, in 1941, joined the faculty at Clark University in Worcester, MA, where he taught mathematics and physics until 1960. From 1944 to 1946, he was also a visiting assistant professor at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. From 1959 to 1962, he was with the Radio Corporation of America, and from 1962 until his retirement in 1982, he taught physics at the College of the Holy Cross in Worcester, MA. He was a consultant to many companies and corporations and for five years was chief of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts Radiological Service. In both 1966 and 1968, he was in India with the U.S. Agency for International Development/ Government of India as a consultant for high school teaching training programs. He was the author of many scientific papers and publications. Five years after his retirement in 1982, he taught physics at Quinsigamond Community College in Worcester, ran two evening classes in local schools for “gourmet cooking,” wrote articles for the local newspaper, and did gardening. Surviving are his wife, Virginia Cook Gunter, whom he married in 1942; a daughter, Pauline E. Wilson of Fairbanks, AK; three sons, Roy C. Gunter III of Monterey, CA, Karl D. Gunter of Houston, TX, and Mark L. Gunter of Charlton, MA; 12 grandchildren; and four great-grandsons.