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An Empty Basket—A Full Life


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An Empty Basket—A Full Life

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A Memoir—Cuba to Scotland to Burma to the U.S.

By David L. Chalmers

This is the memoir of a man whose life has spanned an amazing variety of transitions—of locales, cultures, eras, careers and human connections. And it is much more. It is a story of how David Chalmers adapted, persevered and thrived through it all. By deed, it reveals the courage, leadership, connectivity and joie de vivre that has marked his life. His relationships show that caring about people is a hallmark of who he is. Along the way, all these traits, coupled with his generosity of spirit and resources, and his self-discipline, inspired the myriad individuals his life touched over more than nine decades.

David Chalmers’ matchless experiences have taken him all over the world in his long life. Born on the Isle of Pines, Cuba, in 1920 to a Scots father and German-American mother, he was educated at Dollar Academy in Scotland, served in World War II in the Cameronian Scottish Rifles, surviving two Burma campaigns and duty in India, trained Jamaican troops after the war, and finally settled in the U.S. There he met and married Kitsy Doe—and thus began a lifetime full of friendship, travel and a career with Geico.

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Publisher: Penobscot Books, a Division of Penobscot Bay Press, Inc.
Printer: 360 Digital Books, a division of Whitlock Business Systems, Inc., Madison Heights, Mich.
Publish Date: 2017
Edition: First
Features: 119 photos
Dimensions: 7” x 10”
Pages: 308
ISBN: 978-0-941238-24-3
Genre: Memoir (history/biography)