Harry Eugene

Chase, IV

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Harry Eugene Chase, IV

Jul 05 1919 - Jan 09 2006

The Reverend Harry E. Chase, IV, born July 5, 1919 in Baltimore, Maryland, of a Virginian family. He is survived by his wife of 65 years, Mary Ellen; daughter, Mary Ellen Link and husband, Larry of Plano; daughter, Ali Chase of Plano; and grandchildren: Chase Hassan and Elizabeth Price, and great-grandchild Aiden Price. Harry is the oldest of seven children, three brothers and three sisters. He grew up in New Orleans, attending Warren Easton High School and Belleview High School. Harry enlisted in the United States Navy in 1936 and served until May 1946, resigning his commission in order to study for the Christian ministry in the Presbyterian Church. Harry served with the U. S. Navy in the North Atlantic and South Pacific aboard destroyers and submarines. He was attached to the staff of Rear Admiral Robert A. Theobald, Commander Destroyer Fleet and was aboard ship in Pearl Harbor when the Japanese attacked on December 7, 1941. Harry also served at Naval Research Laboratory in Washington D. C.; and was Office-in-Charge of Anti-Submarine Warfare Laboratory in Navy Yard, Pearl Harbor, and served as an instructor in anti-submarine warfare in San Diego. Harry returned from the Pacific in May 1946. Harry was a member of the Institute of Radio Engineers and held a FCC First Class Radio Broadcasting License, Class A. Harry attended the San Diego State University receiving an B.A. degree in Sociology, with a double minor in Clinical Psychology and Economics. He was a member of the Blue Key Honor Society, recipient of the Outstanding Men's Student Award Medal, and was Captain of the Fencing Team. In 1948 Harry performed door-to-door calling, leading to the establishment of the College Park Presbyterian Church, San Diego, California, while working as engineer and station announcer for station KYOR. Harry then attended Princeton Theological Seminary, Princeton, New Jersey receiving his Master of Divinity Degree in 1951 and was awarded the Maitland Prize in Greek Exegesis. While attending Princeton, Harry interned summers at Linda Vista Presbyterian Church and College Park Presbyterian Church in San Diego. After graduation, in July 1951 Harry E. Chase was Ordained to the sacred office of ministry, the Presbyterian Church, San Diego, by the Presbytery of Los Angeles. Reverend Chase's first calling was Resident Chaplain, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, Troy, New York. Harry was also "Lecturer in Religion" at The Emma Willard School in Troy. He established a college student ministry at Der Heyden Children's Home with students from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute and Russell Sage College, Troy New York. He was elected to membership in Theta Chi Fraternity, Delta Chapter; awarded Bachelor of the Year, and Outstanding Man on Campus by students. Reverend Chase found time for community service in The Troy Club and the Troy Rotary Club, and to serve the Presbytery of Albany as Chair of the Candidates and Examination Committee. In 1955 Reverend Chase was called to be Presbyterian University Pastor, California State University in Long Beach and eight community colleges nearby. He became a Faculty Summer Lecturer for the San Francisco Theological Seminary at Lake Tahoe student conferences and retreats; and was the 10th Anniversary Speaker for the College Park Presbyterian Church, San Diego. Harry continued community service with memberships in the Lakewood Rotary Club, Silvergate Masonic Lodge, San Diego; Phi Delta Kappa 10th Honor Fraternity in Education and as a Board of Director member, Family Counseling Services, Long Beach, California. In 1961 Reverend Chase was called to be Associate Pastor, First Presbyterian Church, Englewood, New Jersey. He continued to expand his community service activities to include Family Counseling Services, Hackensack, New Jersey, and he served on the Bergan County Medical Society: Review and Advisory Committee and the Religion and Medicine Committee. He held memberships in the Englewood Club, Englewood New Jersey; Knickerbocker Country Club; The Society of Scribes and Calligraphers; Tenakill Masonic Lodge, Tenafly, New Jersey; and the Amateur Fencing League of America. Harry was becoming widely published, including many of his sermons in "Pulpit Digest". He was also a Lecturer in Religion for the Dwight School for Girls, Englewood, New Jersey. Reverend Chase was called as Senior Pastor to the Presbyterian Church at Tenafly, Tenafly, New Jersey in 1968, and continued this calling until his retirement in 1988. Harry was on the Board of Directors, Family Counseling Services, Hackensack, New Jersey. He Served the Bergen County Medical Society on the Review and Advisory Committee and the Religion and Medicine Committee; the Mayor's Advisory Committee, Tenafly, New Jersey. He also served the Presbytery of the Palisades, serving as Chairman of the Candidates and Examination Committee and Chairman of the Committee so seek and select an Executive Presbyter. Harry maintained memberships in The Tenafly Rotary Club, The Englewood Club, The Knickerbocker Country Club, The Society of Calligraphers and Scribes, The United States Judo Federation, the Amateur Fencing League of America and Masonic Lodges. Reverend Harry Chase was awarded five honor awards from the Freedom Foundation of Valley Forge, Pennsylvania. He published two books of sermons, Eden in Winter in 1978 and Gold I Have Given Away in 1982, and numerous booklets. Reverend Chase hosted many workshops and seminars in Marriage Counseling; Pre-marital Counseling, and studied Pastoral Counseling two years with Dr. Ace L Tubbs, 1977-1979. He performed Extern Service in Marriage and Family Therapy, Bergen Pines Hospital, Paramus, New Jersey, Dr. Samuel Mendelowitz , Supervisor, 1978 1983. He was a Certified Parent Effectiveness Training instructor, 1976, Certified Youth Effectiveness Training Instructor, 1977, and Certified Effectiveness Training for women Instructor, 1979. In 1983, Reverend Chase was granted a Post Master¡¦s Degree from Seton Hall University as Education Specialist in Marriage and Family Therapy. He was examined and Licensed by the New Jersey Board of Marriage Counselors Examiners and granted License to practice as Marriage and Family Therapist. He was also licensed to practice in Maryland & the District of Columbus. He was Certified CHAMPUS Mental Health Service Provider. Reverend Harry Chase initiated a regular television broadcast weekly in Northern New Jersey of the program "Appointment with God". This program was expanded in 1984 on the New Jersey Statewide Network Cable systems. Reverend Chase retired from The Presbyterian Church in Tenafly in 1988 and moved to Westwood, New Jersey where he opened a private practice in Marriage Counseling and Family Therapy. He became Chaplain and Clergy Consultant, Hospice Team, Pascack Valley Hospital, Westwood, and later became a member of the Newark Airport's "Crisis Incident Stress De-Briefing Team" serving police, fire and medical emergency personnel following a major disaster to minimize stress of trauma experienced by these personnel. Reverend Harry Chase's continuing military affiliations were: - U. S. Navy League, North New Jersey Council, Chaplain - Naval Order of the United States - Pearl Harbor Survivors Association - U. S. Naval Institute - Naval Reserve Association In October 1997, Reverend Harry Chase and his wife of 65 years, Mary Ellen Connor Chase moved to Plano, Texas, home of two daughters, Mary Ellen Chase Link and Ali Chase Hassan. Reverend Chase has continued his community service by serving on the Board of Directors, Practical Parent Education; Advisory Board, The Salvation Army; The Curriculum Advisory Board, Haggard Middle School. He is a Member of the Naval Intelligence Professionals; Teacher: Senior Learning Program, Collin County Community College; Teacher and Liturgist: Grace Presbyterian Church, Plano. He is a conductor of leadership workshops for the Continuing Professional Education department at Princeton Theological Seminary such as one entitled "How to be a Coaching Pastor". He also conducted workshops for various churches in the Dallas area and in Delaware. He conducted distance coaching sessions in Pennsylvania and Nebraska. Harry Eugene Chase IV was called home by the Lord on Monday, January 9, 2006. The Lord's calling was peaceful and tender and swift. The family is holding a memorial service on Saturday, January 28, 2006 at 4 PM in the afternoon at Grace Presbyterian Church on Park Blvd in Plano. Please join us for a wonderful celebration of this gentleman's remarkable life. In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations to The Salvation Army in Harry's name.
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