Wheaton's sixth president, Dr. J. Richard Chase, entered the presence of the Lord he loved and served at 3:30 this morning, Friday, August 20, 2010. He died of natural causes at Windsor Park Manor in Carol Stream, Illinois. He was 79 years of age.
A widely-celebrated and beloved academician and administrator, Dr. Chase led Biola University for twelve years before assuming the presidency at Wheaton in 1982, leading both institutions to new levels of excellence.
Dr. Chase greatly influenced my own vision of what it means to be a college president during my student days at Wheaton from 1984 to 1988. I will always be grateful to God for his kindness to me - his warm smile, words of encouragement, and friendly competition on the basketball court. Dr. Chase inspired the students of Wheaton College to strive for the classical tradition he not only discussed, but also embodied.
The College has prepared a comprehensive biography on the life of our friend, Dick Chase, and a memorial website at wheaton.edu/chase.
Dr. Chase's family is planning a memorial service in the city of Wheaton which will be open to all. As we gain more information about that occasion, we will share it with you on the memorial website.
As we mourn Dr. Chase's death - and celebrate his life in Christ - please keep his family in your prayers.
Dr. Philip G. Ryken
'Remember your leaders, those who spoke to you the word of God.' (Heb 13:7)
'Honor such men.' (Phil 2:29)