Dennis B. Underwood

Water Expert

Dennis B. Underwood, 60, an expert on water issues in the West and a former commissioner of the U.S. Bureau of Reclamation, died of liver cancer Nov. 2 at his home in Alta Loma, Calif.

As a commissioner of the Bureau of Reclamation in Washington from 1989 to 1993, Mr. Underwood directed the bureau's activities in 17 Western states. He was executive director of the Colorado River Board of California from 1978 to 1989.

He had worked with the Metropolitan Water District of Southern California since 1993 and was named its chief executive in April. He played a key role in negotiating one of the nation's largest habitat conservation programs, covering 450 miles of the Colorado River.

Jacqueline L. Chambers

Breast Cancer Activist

Jacqueline L. Chambers, 69, who championed breast cancer awareness and was a member of the board of the Maryland affiliate of the Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer Foundation, died Nov. 3, four days after she collapsed at her Pikesville home from congestive heart failure.

Mrs. Chambers, a breast cancer survivor, worked with the University of Maryland Statewide Health Network on community programs and breast cancer research. She had been president of Sisters Surviving, a local breast cancer support group for black women, and had been a member of the board of the national Sisters Network support group. She was a member of the Links Inc., the Pierians and Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority Inc.

Mrs. Chambers grew up in Brooklyn, N.Y., attended Hunter College in New York and received degrees from the College of Notre Dame of Maryland and Johns Hopkins University. She worked for Baltimore City Community College as a career and academic counselor and later for an elder-care center in Towson, Md., as senior citizen counselor.

Survivors include her husband, Dr. Donald C. Chambers of Pikesville; and three children, Christopher Chambers of Washington, Bradley Chambers of Baltimore and Kimberly Chambers of Charlotte.