Posted by Cathy Gowdy on Thursday, February 09, 2006 at 05:07:39 :
San Francisco Chronicle
Saturday, August 25, 2001
CHASE, Anthony Campbell -- Passed away August 20th 2001 at home in San Francisco, shortly before his 65th birthday, of acute leukemia. Born in New York City, August 29th 1936 and raised in Watertown, Connecticut, the fourth and youngest child of Florence Martin Chase of San Rafael, California and Rodney Chase of Waterbury, Connecticut. Tony graduated from Salisbury School in 1954 and from Yale University in 1958, the third generation of his family to do so. After working in advertising and insurance in New York, Tony was transferred to San Francisco in 1960. For a number of years he was an aviation insurance underwriter until leaving the field to found a small Silicon Valley manufacturing company. In the mid 1970's, Tony cast caution to the winds to follow his dream of sailing the world's oceans on his own boat. He did not return to the work-a-day world until 1986 when he co-founded Pegasus Sound and Light in San Francisco. Tony loved life, living it fully, making it a wonderful mixture of people and adventure. An accomplished small plane pilot, race car driver, and yachtsman, he came into contact with interesting people around the world. A love of music at Yale led him to a singing group, The Alley Cats, and more recently a tour of China with the Yale Alumni Chorus, winning the Ninth Annual Beijing International Choral Festival. Just a year ago, with The Explorers Club of New York, Tony visited the resting place of the 'Titanic' in the North Atlantic aboard the Russian mini-sub, 'Mir II'. He will be remembered for his unfailing optimism and sense of humor, his kindness and charm, his compassion, his integrity and his courage. Admired by his family and a world of friends, one said, 'Tony was a magical person'. He is survived by his partner of forty years, Karl Keesling of San Francisco; his sister, Ann Chase Hendrie of Little Compton, Rhode Island and San Francisco; his brother, Martin, and wife, Dinny Chase of Kentfield, California; his brother, John, and wife, Barbara Chase of St. Helena, California; and eight nieces and nephews. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Anthony Chase Memorial Fund, UCSF Aids Research Institute (Attn: Dr. Thomas Coates), 74 New Montgomery Street - #600, San Francisco, CA 94105. Tony was a board member of this organization and supported its programs. A celebration of his life will be held at 11 AM, September 19th 2001 at the Saint Francis Yacht Club on Marina Green in San Francisco.
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