The lighthouse community is mourning the loss of a great friend and colleague, Cullen Chambers. Incredibly knowledgeable about all aspects of lighthouse preservation, Cullen was responsible for the preservation of Key West, St. Augustine, and Tybee Island Lighthouses as well as assisting in countless other preservation projects locally and around the country.
I first met Cullen while working on the National Lighthouse Museum Committee which later became the American Lighthouse Coordinating Committee. As part of the latter, Cullen wrote a position paper on Fresnel lenses, demonstrating an impressive expertise on those unique artifacts. He applied this knowledge in working on two lens projects at the Franklin Institute in Philadelphia and Heceta Head Lighthouse. For his exceptional contributions to lighthouse preservation, Cullen was a recipient of the Ross Holland award in 2007.
Always upbeat and charming, Cullen was a joy to work with. He will be sorely missed by his friends in the lighthouse community.