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 John Alexander Chase, II

John Alexander Chase, II

Florence, Florence County, South Carolina, USA
Death 26 Oct 1976 (aged 73–74)
Columbia, Richland County, South Carolina, USA
Burial Columbia, Richland County, South Carolina, USA
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John A. Chase, retired administrator of Columbia Housing Authority and a for University of South Carolina official, died Tuesday night. He was 74.

Services will be 2 p. m. today in Elmwood Cemetery, conducted by Rev. James Stirling.

Mr. Chase of 1325 Westminster Drive retired as administrator of the Housing Authority July 1 after guiding the organization for over 20 years. He had been
involved with the agency since its inception in 1934, serving in various capacities.

Mr. Chase was born in Florence, a son of the late John A. and Mary Johnstone McMackin Chase. He attended The Citadel from September 1918 to December 1919.
He was a 1922 graduate of the University of South Carolina, serving as class valedictorian.

He worked with the U.S. Post Office and at the Commerical and Savings Bank in Florence before returning to USC in 1924 as registrar. A universitys registrar he was instrumental in bringing back Greek letter fraternities to the university campus and was with the university the day the 1000th student was enrolled.

When the Housing Authority was set up by an act of the legislature in 1934. Mr. Chase became secretary of the agency.

He took a brief leave during World War II to act as liaison for naval programs at the university. By that time he was USC's dean of administration and business manager.

He was appointed commissioner on the Housing Authority 1949 and in 1952 became administrator.

At the time of his retirement, the Housing Authority had an inventory of six public housing projects contain some 1200 apartment units. Under his direction the agency conducted seven urban renewal projects, including East Glencoe, the site of the Caroline Coliseum.

At his retirement Mr. Chase noted two major regrets, "I was not able to increase the public housing inventory and was not able to clear all the slums."

He was a member of Trinity Episcopal Church and received an honorary Doctor of Laws degree from Newberry College in 1943. He was a member of various state and local civic and charitable organizations.

During his career he was a member of the American Association of Collegiate Registrars, the Southestern Regional Council of the Redevelopment Officials, Omicron Delta Kappa, Kappa Sigma Kappa and others.

He was also a member of the social fraternity Sigma Nu, Omicron Delta Kappa, the French Huguenot Society, the Columbia Cotillion Club, the Forum Club, and Forest Lake County Club.

Mr. Chase is survived by his widow, the form Mary McCreery Wingfield of Columbia; a son, John Alexander Chase, Jr. of Tallahassee, Fla.; a daughter, Mary Melton Chase Wolfe of Spartanburg; a sister, Mrs. Dorothy C. Wright of Florence, and five grandchildren.

Dunbar Funeral Home, Gervais Street Chapel, is in charge.

Published in 'The State', Thursday, October 28, 1976

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