In Memoriam: Frank J. Chase

We are saddened to pass along news of the death of Frank J. Chase, a SABR member since 1983:

Francis Joseph Chase, 79, of Columbia, Maryland, died on December 11, 2012. He was a SABR member since 1983 and a longtime fan of the Boston Red Sox and Baltimore Orioles.

Frank was a beloved husband of 50 years to Carole Chase; devoted father of Amy Chase of Annapolis, Maryland; loving brother of Margaret Whitehouse of Dover, New Hampshire; and cherished grandfather of Grace Drago. He was involved in many community activities including Common Cause of Maryland, United Seniors, and National Association of Retired Federal Employees. He graduated from Dartmouth College in 1955 and was active in the Dartmouth Alumni Association. He was a lifelong Democrat and a member of the Columbia Democratic Club, volunteering on campaigns at the local, state, and federal levels. In 2001, Frank was inducted into the Maryland Senior Citizens Hall of Fame , received Outstanding volunteer of the year Award.

Family and friends are invited to call at the Witzke Funeral Homes Inc., 45555 Twin Knolls Road, Columbia, MD 21045 on Thursday, December 13, from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Funeral services will be held Friday at 10:00 a.m., with interment in Columbia Memorial Park. For those desiring, donations may be made to Gilchrist Hospice Care, Howard County Community Action Council, or Chesapeake Bay Foundation. Online condolences may be made at

Originally published: December 13, 2012. Last Updated: December 13, 2012.