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Dr. Richard Chace

CHACE, DR. RICHARD passed away peacefully on Nov. 6, 2011, at the age of 96. Born on March 21, 1915 at John Hopkins University in Baltimore, Maryland to Dr. and Mrs. James Edward Chace, he was raised in Ocala, FL. He attended the University of Florida where he was a Chi Phi, sang in the Glee Club and played varsity tennis. He graduated from Northwestern University Dental School in 1938, and returned to Ocala to practice general dentistry with his father. In 1939, he married Frances Lowe, creating a lovely, happy union, lasting 65 years until her death in 2004. Enlisting as a dental officer in the Army Air Corps in 1941, he served for four years, attaining the rank of Major, eventually heading the Periodontal Dental Department at Drew Field in Tampa. Moving to Orlando in 1945, Dr. Chace started the first dental practice limited to the treatment of periodontal disease in Florida. He served organized dentistry as Editor of the Florida Dental Journal from 1949-1953, as a member of the State Board of Dental Examiners from 1953-1957, which he chaired, as President of the Southern Academy of Periodontology in 1958, later inducted as a Fellow, and as first President of the Florida Society of Periodontists in 1960. In 1963, he was the third generation of his family elected as president of the Florida Dental Association, after his grandfather James Chace, who in 1884 served as its first president, and his father, who served in 1904. His son, Richard Chace, Jr., and grandson, Richard Chace Caven both became dentists, making five generations of Florida dentists, a first in the United States. He was a member of the original planning committee for the University of Florida, School of Dentistry and for many years served as a clinical professor. Nationally, he was a Fellow in the American College of Dentists, was a Director of the American Board of Periodontology, and 1995 was awarded the Academy's highest honor, the Gold Medal Award, presented annually in recognition of outstanding contributions to the field of Periodontists. The author of over twenty scientific articles, he lectured widely both here and abroad. Dr. Chace was active in Project Hope, teaching as a rotator on three voyages aboard the Hope Ship in Peru, Nicaragua, and Colombia, for which he received the Cervantes Medal from the Hispanic Institute of Florida. He was a Rotarian for thirty years, served on the Board of the Orlando Symphony Orchestra and for 56 years attended and was former Trustee of the United Methodist Church of Winter Park. He belonged to the Country Club of Orlando and the University Club of Winter Park. All of his life Dick enjoyed fishing, photography and especially the game of tennis. He loved music, often playing the piano, and sang in the chorus at the Bach Festival Society of Winter Park. Graced with a remarkable mind, which well served his professional and intellectual activities, he could talk about the latest book, great philosophical ideas or discuss the game on Saturday. An avid historian and scholar, he had a special passion for the American Civil War and the Napoleonic era. His unique breadth and depth of interests, remarkable memory and sharp sense of humor made him a delightful and fascinating companion. Always a gentleman, Dick was kind and thoughtful to all, and will be greatly missed by those who knew him. He is survived by his daughter, Susan Chace Caven (John) and son Richard Chace Jr. (Carolyn); six grandchildren, John W. Caven, III (Rose), Richard Chace Caven (Deborah), Elizabeth Chace Caven and Matthew Michael Caven, Kathryn Patricia Chace, Richard Chace III (Leah); and four great-grandchildren, Blake Caven, Chace Caven, Claire Caven and Luke Caven; and devoted nieces and nephews. He is predeceased by his wife, Frances, his parents and brothers, James Edward Chace, Robert Thompson Chace, Hugh Ross Chace and sister,
Margaret Chace Cole. A memorial service will be held at 10 a.m. on Saturday, Nov. 12, 2011 at the United Methodist Church of Winter Park. In lieu of flowers donations can be made to the Winter Park Public Library. Please view and sign family guest book at www.baldwinfairchild.com.
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Published in the Orlando Sentinel on Nov. 9, 2011
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