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Mar.21, 2012

Vol. 112, No. 9


Dean W. Chace ’50

Published in the Mar.21, 2012, issue

Dean died Oct. 20, 2011, at his Princeton home after a lengthy illness.

Prior to Princeton, he served in the Navy. After graduating with a bachelor’s degree in engineering, he joined RCA. While working there, he studied law at George Washington and Temple universities five evenings a week for four years. With a law degree from Temple in 1955, he continued what would become a 39-year career with RCA and General Electric. He served as senior vice president of licensing, and as president of the engineering labs in Zurich. His wry sense of humor was revealed when he wrote in our 50th-reunion directory that he only “missed one day of work due to illness (German measles).” After retirement in 1990, he became a patent and licensing consultant.

Dean settled in Princeton in 1957, where he was committed to local church, nonprofit, and civic activities too numerous to list here.

He was an avid golfer, and served several terms as president of the Springdale Golf Club, home course of the University golf teams. He loved the outdoors and enjoyed time at his summer home in the Adirondacks.

Our condolences go to his family, to whom he was dedicated: Sue, his wife of 58 years; their children, Elizabeth, Christopher, and Scott; and six grandchildren.

The Class of 1950

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