Colonel Walter F. Chase, obituary

Colonel Walter F. Chase, 81, a physician, passed away peacefully among loved ones on September 8, 2022. Walter was a beloved husband, father, grandfather and friend. Walter was born in Manhattan, New York, the only child of Walter F. Chase and Helen Bardong Chase.

Walter earned his undergraduate degree from Seton Hall University in South Orange, New Jersey. He graduated from Georgetown University School of Medicine in Washington, DC and began his residency at St. Vincent’s Hospital and Medical Center in New York City. He completed his postgraduate training in rheumatology subspecialties at Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore, Maryland. He was an associate professor of clinical medicine at the University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio.

Dr. Chase was a colonel in the US Air Force. He served at several US Air Force bases, including Air Force Base in Colorado Springs, Colorado, David Grant USAF Medical Center in Fairfield, California and Wilford Hall USAF Medical Center at Lackland AFB in San Antonio, Texas. Chase was an assistant professor of medicine at the Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences. He served as a military consultant in rheumatology to the Surgeon General in the US Air Force and was the Chief of Rheumatology Services at two US Air Force medical centers.

Dr. Chase practiced rheumatology and internal medicine at the Capital Medical Clinic in Austin, Texas. Then he had a private clinic for rheumatology in the same building. His practice has included a research department dedicated to researching the treatments of several rheumatic conditions. As an expert in his field, Dr. Chase has published articles in several major medical journals. Dr. Chase’s patients loved and respected him for his warmth, tenderness, sense of humor and expertise.

Walter had a strong sense of humor. His smile was infectious and lit up the world around him. He was the most honorable of men, and always was honest and fair. He was generous and merciful in many ways and had a deep desire to help those in need. He has worked all his life to help others, not only through his work as a rheumatologist, but also in his family and personal life. He was forever curious, was always on the lookout for solutions and thoroughly enjoyed learning how things worked. He loved fixing and creating things and always let things be better than what he found. Walter was a passionate collector of vintage radios and few competitors in his group. His talents were evident in his extensive work restoring his radio set. He loved classical music, art and architecture. He had a lifelong love for his hometown of New York City. Walter loved reading, and books were lined up on his shelves. Walter was a true thinker, held hard beliefs, and searched for answers to life’s deeper questions. He has instilled this love of knowledge in his children and grandchildren and will leave a deep and lasting imprint on their minds and hearts.

Walter was a devoted husband to his dear wife Cynthia. They shared a deep love for each other that was evident to those around them. He was a kind, agreeable and loving father and was always available to talk things through with honesty and a flat head. Speak from the heart. Those close to him are forever changed for the better by knowing him, as are so many others whose lives have been affected by his spirit. Walter preceded the death of his parents Walter F. Chase and Helen Bardong Chase. He is survived by his wife, Cynthia Gage Chase, stepchildren Michael Hutchison, wife Erica, Rosella Hutchison, husband Bradley Hendelange, Laura Garchi, husband Marcelo, grandchildren Wyatt, Otto, Oliver, two granddaughters Clara, Oren (due 10/1/22) and others Beloved family members and friends.

The family would like to thank Dr. Benjamin Downey and distinguished caregivers Norma Cruz and Ernestine Harris for their compassion and loving care.

A small private service for the immediate family was held on September 15.

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Commemorative contributions in memory of Dr. Chase may be made to the American Cancer Society, a charitable organization that benefits veterans or a nonprofit organization you care about.

Published online September 15, 2022

Published in Austin American Statesman

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