Ralph Chapman

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Ralph S. Chapman

1954-2013 Ralph S. Chapman, of Naperville, IL, died Wednesday at home in the company of family members after a long struggle with cancer.

He was born to Ralph and Hope Severance Chapman on May 26, 1954, in Brattleboro, Vermont, and graduated in 1972 from Brattleboro Union High School, where he had shone as a nascent computer scientist, taking full advantage of the school's new teletype connection to Dartmouth College's groundbreaking BASIC student programming language. In addition, he was a trombonist who was chosen as one of two Vermont students to march in the Macy's Thanksgiving Parade with the McDonald's All-America Band.

He attended Oberlin College, graduated from Worcester (Mass.) Polytechnic Institute, and held a Master of Science degree from the University of Wisconsin at Madison. A software engineer, he spent most of his career designing testing software for advanced communications switching systems with the fabled Bell Laboratories in its Naperville complex but retired in 2001. He finished his career earlier this year with Law Bulletin in Chicago, where he developed software to help the firm keep the legal community updated on its constantly changing environment.

Mr. Chapman met his wife of 29 years, Vida Yazdi, at the Baha'i retreat center in Eliot, Maine, on New Year's Eve in 1980. Vida was an interior designer born in Qatar to Persian parents and trained in London and New York City. Ralph and Vida settled in Naperville, where they raised four children: Nina, of Palatine, IL, who is married to Mr. Paul Lockler; son Navid, who is a doctoral candidate in chemistry at the University of Rhode Island; daughter Haleh, of Raleigh, NC, who was married in February to Mr. Hootan Nour; and daughter Gina, who is an undergraduate student at Eastern Illinois University in Charleston. He also leaves a granddaughter, Lillian Vida Lockler. In addition, he leaves two brothers: Christopher Chapman of Brattleboro, VT; and Jonathan Chapman of Annapolis, MD.

FUNERAL NOTICE: A memorial service will be held on Saturday, July 13, at 11 a.m. at the Beidelman-Kunsch Funeral Home at 516 Washington Street in Naperville, IL.
Published in Brattleboro Reformer on July 13, 2013
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