Dr. John V. Chard
John V. Chard will long be remembered as a well-loved and respected member of the Gloucester County College Faculty and the Gloucester County College & Community Chorus. He had many virtues and talents that often lead to him being referred to as a ‘most popular’ instructor in the eyes of his students. John was instrumental in providing new energy and vitality to the Gloucester County College & Community Chorus. To honor his hard work and dedication to the Community Chorus, this endowment is being created with the hope that his accomplishments will be remembered by GCC students in the future. John started his teaching career at Pitman High school, and in 1972, he joined the faculty at Gloucester County College. John was one of the early members of the faculty; and his unique method of providing writing instruction helped create a learning environment for more than 18 years. For the College’s 20th Anniversary he authored the forward of the “20 year history of GCC,” and he was a long-time adviser of The Gazette, the Gloucester County College newspaper. John also loved to write poetry and authored more than 40 published poems. In 1978 he finished 22nd in a national poetry competition sponsored by “Writer’s Digest;” and later had a collection of his poetry published entitled “South Jersey Images.” John also loved to sing. For many years John had been involved with various musical organizations including the US army Chorus, a youth choir in Tarrytown, NY, the St. James Lutheran Church Choir in Pitman NJ, and the Washington Township Choral Society. He became the conductor of the GCC Chorus in 1988 and helped bring new liveliness to the organization. Unfortunately, his term as conductor was short-lived, as John succumbed to cancer in September of 1990. This endowment is created to memorialize John’s life, and to provide scholarship opportunities for those who share his love of music.