A Lifetime of Service, Generosity

Corning Chisolm

Corning Chisholm lived to help others.

Born July 18, 1914, in Cleveland, Ohio, Mr. Chisholm was the youngest child of Adele Corning and Alvah Stone Chisholm. He graduated from St. Paul's School and Yale University before serving in the U.S. Navy during World War II.

After serving in the military, Mr. Chisholm began his long teaching career, the first stop of which was Trinity College. He later attained his Ph.D. from Yale and continued on to teach at Williams College and Deerfield Academy.

Mr. Chisholm returned to his native Cleveland upon his retirement, ready to dedicate himself to a variety of civic and volunteer causes. He eventually moved to Oberlin, Ohio, where he became a respected resident of the Kendal Retirement Community.

In 2001, Mr Chisholm's grand niece, former Adirondack Foundation Board of Trustees member Adele Connors, established a fund at Adirondack Foundation in his honor - the Corning Chisholm Fund. The fund makes grants to support education and youth programs, primarily in the Lake Placid region.

"My great uncle started coming to the Adirondacks in the 30s to his family’s camp, 'Sunnyside,' on the east shore of Lake Placid," Connors recalls. "He loved the Adirondacks, our wonderful multi-generational family gatherings, and swimming in Lake Placid."

"I felt that a fund in his honor would be fitting as he has so many great nieces and nephews that now call the Adirondacks home," she adds. "Our great uncle was always there for all of us and he gave so generously in more ways than I can possibly put into words."

Since 2001, the Corning Chisholm Fund has awarded more than $12,000 in grants to a variety of organizations, including the Lake Placid Center for the Arts, the Thomas A. Shipman Memorial Youth Center, the Adirondack Center for Writing and the Wilmington Youth Center.

The Corning Chisholm Fund also gives generously to the Adirondack Foreign Language Enhancement Fund, as languages were a great passion of Mr. Chisholm - he was fluent in at least five foreign languages.

Mr. Chisholm passed away on Dec. 12, 2013. You can read his full obituary in The Plain Dealer newspaper of Cleveland.

Corning Chisholm Fund Donation