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Dr. Richard Conant Chase, 78, died suddenly on Sunday, September 4, 2011 at the Meadows at Edgewood Retirement Community in North Andover. Dr. Chase is survived by his wife of 49 years, Eva-Maria Undritz Chase; his four children, the Reverend Stephanie Chase Bradbury and her husband, the Reverend William Bradbury, Frederick Conant Chase and his wife Sare Susana Chate, Tanya Svenson Chase and her partner Bruce Baginski and Sabryna Louise Chase and her partner Daniel Moore; as well as seven grandchildren, Duncan Chase Wilson, Adrian Camillo Chase, Amanda Victoria Chase, Ophelia Solstice Chase, Emma Sparks Wilson, Hanna Lucia Chase and Auzra Chase Moore. Dr. Chase is also survived by his brother Dr. Alston Sparks Chase and his wife Diana Ashforth Chase, their children and grandchildren, as well as his sister Pamela Chase Hain and her husband Peter Murray Hain and their children and grandchildren. Dr. Chase was born in Ancon Canal Zone, Panama, on September 22, 1932 to the late Lt. Col. Richard Chase and Judith Wragg Chase. A veteran of the Korean War, Dr. Chase earned his B.S. in general engineering from the U.S. Military Academy at West Point, N.Y. He earned his M.S. in experimental low energy physics at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute in Troy, N.Y. and he earned his Ph.D. in experimental high energy physics from Northeastern University in Boston, MA. He began his career as a Research Associate at the University of Minnesota in 1967. For more than ten years he worked as a staff engineer for American, Science & Engineering, where, along with numerous other projects, he restored and enhanced Skylab x-ray digital images of the solar corona. From 1983 until 1994, Dr. Chase worked as the principal engineer for Itek Optical Systems, where he operated under SAR/Top Secret Clearance and earned the 1989 Litton Industries Advanced Technology Achievement Award for computer simulation and design of radar reflecting aircraft windows. Dr. Chase wrote more than 30 publications in the scientific and engineering literature over the span of his 35 year career. He worked as a senior staff engineer for Lambda Research Corporation, writing optical analysis programs, and he simulated an automated optical inspection system with AOI International. Before his retirement in 2002, he worked as a senior staff scientist for Lau Technologies, developing face recognition software. Growing up in a military family, Dr. Chase lived in the US and numerous foreign countries. After his marriage in 1962, he was a devoted family man who loved to spend time with his wife and children. He was a skilled carpenter, mechanic and all-around handy-man and had numerous hobbies including singing, bee-keeping, growing cacti from seed, gardening, hiking, playing squash and tennis, fishing, boating, camping, traveling and exploring nature. He also enjoyed vacations at his summer home on Squirrel Island, ME. He was particularly fond of meeting with his 1956 West Point classmates at annual reunions. Funeral Services will be held at 11am on Saturday, September 17th at Christ Church, where Dr. Chase was a member. Christ Church is located at 25 Central Street in Andover. All are welcome. Family and friends may also call on Friday, September 16th from 4-7pm at the Conte Funeral Home, 17 Third Street, North Andover. A private burial will be held on Saturday, September 17th at the West Parish Garden Cemetery in Andover. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Christ Church in Andover, MA or St. Pauls Episcopal Church, 390 Main Street, North Andover, MA. More information: www.contefuneralhomes.com

Published in The Tewksbury Advocate from Sept. 13 to Sept. 20, 2011
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