Warren Chivers (1914 – 2006)

Warren Chivers

Warren Chivers Skis

We sadly report the passing of Olympian and long-time ski coach Warren Chivers at age 91.

His son, jumping judge Ted Chivers, wrote that Warren died on Friday, August 18. An independent New Englander, Warren lived on his own in the family home until the last week of his life.

The official obituary notice for Warren Chivers is posted below.

U.S. Olympic skier & Vermont Academy teacher/coach

Warren Houston Chivers, 91, of Saxtons River, Vt, passed away peacefully on Friday, August 18, 2006 at Springfield Hospital. Mr. Chivers was born in Hanover, NH on Dec. 12, 1914, the son of Prof. Arthur H. and Helen W. Chivers, and the oldest of five brothers.
Growing up in Hanover, the boys developed a deep interest in the out-of-doors and athletics. Warren was member of the Dartmouth College Class of 1937, but graduated in 1938 as a result of his commitment to skiing. Throughout his college career, he was a member of the Dartmouth Outing Club and captain of the Ski Team. He was a member of the 1936 U.S. Olympic Ski Team, competing in Garmisch-Partenkirchen, Germany in the Nordic combined events, and was also selected as an alternate to the alpine team. Warren was subsequently named to the 1940 Team which was to compete in Olso, Norway , but due to the onset of WWII, the events were cancelled. He was appointed Chief of Interval Timing at the 1960 Squaw Valley Oympics and went on to coach the Jr. National Nordic Combined team in the mid-1960’s.

From 1941 to 1946, Warren served as an officer with the US Naval Air Corp. His tours of duty took him to Annapolis, MD, Chapel Hill, NC, Northwest Africa, and finally to Deland Florida, as commander of the Naval Air Station. It was here that he met and married his wife, Jean B. Stubbs in 1946.

Chivers on Dartmouth Jump

Chivers on Dartmouth Jump

Following completion of his military service, and having obtained a degree in Geology from Dartmouth, he pursued a teaching and coaching career at Vermont Academy that spanned decades and influenced many young people. During that time, he directed the ski program, producing championship teams over many years, as well as future Olympic athletes. Warren, with the help of his students, constructed all of the ski facilities, including ski jumps, cross-country ski trails, and an alpine ski area, complete with rope tow. He also directed the outdoor programs, introducing many young people to hunting, shooting, fishing, canoeing and the overall love of the outdoors. The teaching profession allowed Warren to be able to spend several summers at Keewaydin, a camp in northern Ontario, Canada, guiding canoe trips to Hudson Bay and continuing his work with young people. He felt privileged to be able to make a career of doing the things he loved most. Along with his responsibilities at Vermont Academy, he was involved in many community organizations and activities. In 1986, Warren was honored as Citizen of the Year.

Among the many honors in skiing Warren received in his lifetime, the most significant was his election to the United States Ski Hall of Fame in 1975, and most recently, to the Vermont Ski Museum Hall of Fame in 2005.

His wife, Jean, and 4 brothers, Howard, Roland, John and Edward predeceased Warren. Members of his surviving family include Ted Chivers of North Springfield, VT, Jennifer Armstrong of Cincinnati, OH, and Chris Chivers of Jericho, VT, five grandchildren and one great-grandson.

Friends are invited to attend a celebration of Warren’s life on Friday August 25 at 11:00 a.m., at the Warren Chivers Ski & Outdoor Education Center at Vermont Academy, Saxtons River, VT.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions for the purpose of assisting deserving students, may be made to the Vermont Academy Scholarship Fund, Attn: Bob Barr, P.O Box 500, Saxtons River, VT 05154.

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