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Alfred White Chandler
Born (1890-06-17)June 17, 1890
Died September 24, 1978(1978-09-24) (aged 88)
Place of birth Newport, Rhode Island
Place of death Chevy Chase, Maryland
Buried at Arlington National Cemetery
Allegiance United States
Service/branch United States Navy
Years of service 1917–1952
Rank Rear Admiral
Commands held United States Navy Dental Corps
Battles/wars World War I
Haitian Campaign
World War II
Korean War
Awards Legion of Merit

Alfred White Chandler was a Rear Admiral in the United States Navy.[1] He served as the Chief of the United States Navy Dental Corps from 1946 to 1948, and again for a brief period in 1952.[2]

Early life and education[]

He was born in Newport, Rhode Island on June 17, 1890. His family moved to New Jersey, where he attended Barringer High School and Wenonah Military Academy.[1] Alfred Chandler graduated from the University of Pennsylvania in 1915.[3] He did a brief stint as a dentist at a state hospital and then in private practice before joining the Navy on February 20, 1917 as a Lieutenant Junior Grade.[1]

Military career[]

A.W. Chandler, center, with the other members of the Naval Dental School's first postgraduate class. Robert S. Davis, on Chandler's right, would also become a Chief of the Dental Corps.

Alfred Chandler joined the Navy one week after the United States joined World War I in 1917. He attended the first dental officer class at the Naval Dental School in 1923. He was assigned to several commands as Dental Officer, Senior Dental Officer, or Department Head during the period from 1917 to July 1945. From that period until his retirement, he would serve as Inspector of Dental Activities, Chief of Dental Inspections, Chief of the Dental Corps, and Assistant Chief for the Bureau of Medicine and Surgery.[1] He was awarded the Legion of Merit for his services during this period, including making significant improvements to the Dental Corps, establishing the Dental Technician rating, establishing formal schools and training programs for naval dental personnel,[4] regulations permitting staff officers to bear the title "Commanding Officer", and regulations establishing dental departments onboard ships and shore stations.[1]

He was the dentist for Presidents Calvin Coolidge, Herbert Hoover, and Franklin D. Roosevelt.[5] Along with Clemens V. Rault and Spry O. Claytor, Alfred W. Chandler was promoted to Rear Admiral in 1947.[3] All three would serve as the Chief of the Dental Corps.

Rear Admiral Chandler retired from the United States Navy in July 1952.[6]

Post military career[]

He remained active in several dental organizations after retirement. On November 14, 1966, he received the highest award of the American Dental Association for his contributions to the field of dentistry. In 1967, he was elected President of the American Academy of the History of Dentistry.[1] He also received the 1974 Hayden-Harris Award from the American Academy of the History of Dentistry for, among other things, writing and presenting articles and speeches on the history of dentistry, and for his role in getting George Washington's dentures displayed at the Smithsonian's Museum of History and Technology.[7]

Alfred Chandler passed away on September 24, 1978.[5] He was interred at Arlington National Cemetery.[8]

External links[]


  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 1.4 1.5 "Rear Admiral Alfred W. Chandler, Dental Corps, U.S. Navy, retired." (12 December 1967) [textual record]. Modern Biographies Collection. Washington Navy Yard, Washington, D.C.: Navy Department Library. OCLC 1152155734.
  2. The Dental Corps of the United States Navy: A Chronology 1912-1962. US Navy. 1962. p. 129. Retrieved 2020-07-13. 
  3. 3.0 3.1 "Promote Three Dental Officers to Rank of Rear Admiral". March 1948. p. 349. 
  4. Appendix to the Congressional Record. U.S. Government Printing Office. 1962. pp. A933–A934. 
  5. 5.0 5.1 "Adm. A.W. Chandler, Retired Dental Chief". The Washington Post. Obituaries.. 1978-09-27. 
  6. Register of Commissioned and Warrant Officers of the United States Navy and Marine Corps. Department of the Navy, Bureau of Naval Personnel. 1 January 1955. p. 510. Retrieved 2020-08-31. 
  7. "The 1974 Hayden-Harris Award to Admiral Alfred W. Chandler". 1975. pp. 31–33. 
  8. "RADM Alfred White Chandler". 

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Military offices
Preceded by
Spry O. Claytor
Chief, Navy Dental Corps
January 1952-February 1952
Succeeded by
Daniel W. Ryan
Preceded by
Alexander G. Lyle
Chief, Navy Dental Corps
August 1946 - February 1948
Succeeded by
Clemens V. Rault

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