Melber Chambers, for more than 35 years a partner in the New York City law firm of Sage Gray Todd & Sims and a former president and director of the Correctional Association of New York, died Wednesday at his Manhattan home. He was 82 years old.

Mr. Chambers was named president of the Correctional Association in 1960. The association works for reform and improvements in New York prisons and in such fields as probation and parole.

Mr. Chambers was a director of several companies during his professional career, including Consolidated Newsprint Inc. and Jersey Central Power & Light Company. He was a former trustee of Goddard College in Vermont.

He was a graduate of Cornell University and Harvard Law School. He retired as senior partner of Sage Gray Todd & Sims in 1974 and continued as counsel to the firm until his death.

He is survived by a son, Michael; a daughter, Ann A. Holloway, and two grandchildren.

[John M. Gwin Note: I'm not completely sure yet if this is our Melber Chambers, though all evidence seems to indicate such.]