August 8, 1988
CHESTER G. "CHET" CARLISLE
A beloved and respected Marin educator died last week after a long battle with a weakened heart. CHESTER G. "CHET" CARLISLE, 71, of Sleepy Hollow, passed away on Wednesday, August 3.
Born in Crowley, LA, Mr. Carlisle grew up in Pomona. He attended the University of California at Berkeley where he distinguished himself as an All-American Athlete, and Junior and Senior Class President.
During service in the United States Navy, Mr. Carlisle was awarded a Bronze Star, Navy Unit Citation and Presidential Unit Citation.
Mr. Carlisle had a long and distinguished career as a teacher and school administrator. He was named the first principal of Sir Francis Drake High School in 1951, became deputy superintendent of the Tamalpais Union High School District in 1953, and shortly afterwards became the district's superintendent, a post which he held until 1969. Mr. Carlisle taught until his retirement in 1978.
Longtime friend and retired Tam District Director of Athletics, Robert Troppmann, said last week, "Chet Carlisle was an All-American person. As a superintendent he was multi-dimensional. He was at ease at every phase of school life. He could play ball with the jocks, play Beethoven in the music classes, discuss Shakespeare, and turn a lathe. Under Chet's leadership, the Tam District flourished. I was proud to have been associated with him professionally and be numbered among his friends.
Retired Tamalpais High School Principal Ted Mitchell reminisced, "He cared about everybody who worked with him. There was never a time when a teacher or employee accomplished something that the person didn't get a hand written note from Chet. He ran the district and was a strong leader. At a time when education was highly respected, he provided teachers with a level of respect that they deserved."
In retired Mr. Carlisle was the 1987 State President of Sons In Retirement (SIRS).
He was active in the United Crusade, Family Service Agency, YMCA, Marin Boy Scouts, Marin Home Care, and the Heart Association. In 1982 Mr. Carlisle was named Marin County's Outstanding Senior for his volunteer work.
He is survived by his wife, Mildred "Tommie" Carlisle; 4 daughters, Susan M. Stoddard of Sacramento, Teresa A. DiFrancesca of Greenbrae, Candee E. Deming of San Rafael, and Kathleen M. Carlisle of Berkeley; 3 sons, Chester D. Carlisle of Mt. Shasta, Thomas G. Carlisle of Berkeley, and John F. Carlisle of Healdsburg; a sister, Anna R. Carlisle of Pomona; and 8 grandchildren.
Memorial services were held on Saturday at St. Raphael's Church. Donations in his memory may be made to the Drake Scholarship Carlisle Memorial Fund.