A native of Waterproof, Dan Chase graduated from Northwestern in 1957 with a degree in health and physical education and earned a master’s in education administration in 1964. He began his career as a teacher and coach in Concordia Parish and later worked as a graduate assistant at the University of Arkansas before returning to Louisiana as a teacher and coach in East Baton Rouge Parish and the Louisiana State School for the Deaf.
Chase made donations to establish the Dan and Lilly Chase and daughters Marty Causey and Lisa Chase Endowed Professorship in Northwestern State’s College of Education, and the Dr. Francisco A. Silva Endowed Professorship in Psychology. He also established the Dan and Lilly Chase Athletic Scholarship. Chase was a member of the university’s Long Purple Line, Northwestern State’s Hall of Distinction, and received an honorary doctorate from Northwestern in 2005. He was co-chair of the University’s first capital campaign and was honorary chairman of the 2006 Natchitoches-NSU Folk Festival. In celebration of his 50th anniversary to his wife, Chase donated funds for the fountain that is the focal point of Northwestern State’s Alumni Plaza. He passed away in June 2011.
“Dan went to Northwestern on a football scholarship and he always had the feeling of needing to pay back the help he had received,” Lilly Chase said. “I wanted someone to have the opportunity he had to go to school and do one more thing for him. He did so much for Northwestern, I wanted to do something in his memory.”
“Northwestern State has benefited in many ways from the generosity of the Chase family,” said Dr. Vickie Gentry, dean of the College of Education and Human Development. “What a great honor for an education major to be given this opportunity. I will ensure that future recipients have knowledge of the accomplishments and good character of Mr. Dan and Mrs. Lilly Chase. They carry a special place in our hearts.”
“Dan Chase’s commitment to the Northwestern State family will continue to endure through this scholarship established in his memory,” said Drake Owens, executive director of the NSU Foundation.
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