Ralph Raymond Chase MD

January 3, 1923March 16, 2012

We, the Chase Clan, gather to celebrate the life of Ralph Raymond Chase who died in the wee hours Friday morning, March 16 2012, in San Angelo, Texas. A memorial service will be held at 4:00 p.m. Tuesday, March 20, 2012 at Emmanuel Episcopal Church, 3 South Randolph Street, San Angelo. The Reverend Gail Davis, Reverend William Wright, Reverend Celia Ellery, and Pastoral Assistant Reverend Robert Hedges will officiate. Ralph was born to Ralph Raymond Chase, Sr. and Hildur Sandberg Chase on January 3, 1923 at St. John’s Hospital in San Angelo. Ralph was among the first students at Santa Rita Elementary School. He prided himself on knowing the school song and would gladly sing it, loudly and off-key, for anyone. He then moved on to San Angelo High School and San Angelo Junior College. He completed his B.A. degree at the University of Texas in 1943. Upon joining the U.S. Navy during World War II, he was assigned to serve in the Civil Engineering Corps and was stationed in the Admiralty Islands as the U.S. planned the invasion of Japan. Ralph was discharged from the Navy and entered Northwestern University Medical School in Chicago, Illinois, graduating in 1951. Dr. Chase received his pediatric training at Children’s Memorial Hospital in Chicago. During this time, he met and married Virginia Louise Berg in Kenilworth, Illinois, September 22, 1951. The family moved to San Angelo in 1953. Ralph joined the late Dr. Bob Finks ’pediatric practice at the Clinic Hospital, later to become West Texas Medical Associates and San Angelo Community Medical Center. Ralph was a member of the American Board of Pediatrics, American Academy of Pediatrics, Texas Pediatric Society, Concho Valley Medical Society, Texas Medical Association, American Medical Association, Tom Green County Historical Society, and West Texas Historical Association. Honors Dr. Chase received during his career included the American Academy of Pediatrics Citation; Private-Practice Innovator of State Physician Assistant Program, September 1973; Sidney Kaliski Award as Texas Pediatrician of the Year, September 1978; San Angelo Citizen of the Year, January 1989; Distinguished Alumnus, Angelo State University, October 1991; Ralph Chase Day designated by the Mayor and City Council, October 1991; Ralph Chase Children’s Center at Angelo Community Hospital, October 1991; Ralph Chase Annual Lectureship in the Humanities at Angelo State University, established in 1993; Service to Society Award by the Alumni Association of Northwestern University, March 2001. Survivors include his wife Virginia Chase; children Priscilla Griffis and husband Don of San Angelo; Julia Kinkel and husband Carl of Northborough, Massachusetts; John Chase of Iowa City, Iowa; Sallie Griffis Helms and husband Bill of Houston; grandchildren William Griffis and wife Leslie of Lubbock; James Griffis and wife Lindsay of Fort Worth; Abigail Cox and husband Jason of Atlanta, Georgia; John Griffis of Harrisonburg, Virginia; Elizabeth Kinkel of Washington, D.C.; Virginia Kinkel of Alexandria, Virginia; Caroline Kinkel of Minneapolis, Minnesota; Travis Helms of New Haven, Connecticut; Chase Helms of Atlanta, Georgia; and great-grandchildren Sarah Frances Cox and Chase Griffis. YAAWPAILY Ralph requested that Memorial be made to, Episcopal Relief and Development Fund, PO Box 7058, Merrifield, Virginia 22116-7058, or a charity of choice.


  • Memorial Service Tuesday, March 20, 2012

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John Thompson

February 27, 2013

I have fond memories of Dr.Chase when I
interviewed for a pediatrician position
at his clinic in 1979.He was so warm and hospitable. I decided to pass by the by the opportunity and practice pediatrics in my home town of Temple, but I feel like it would have been a
joy to practice with him, Jane, and the group. His life impacted many children and others, and I have kept up
with how he and his practice thrived. My condolences to his family.

Steve Lankford

April 12, 2012

Dr. Chase was a wonderful man, and I am sure he will be missed by many many people around the world and especially by his family.

I respected Dr. Chase very much, even when he had to come outside and tell his daughter that "it was past her curfew time and she had to get in the house, right now"!!!

All kidding aside, the Doctor was a great man, and we will all miss him.

Becky Hodapp Hartman

March 26, 2012

My sincerest condolences to the family of Dr. Chase. He was my, as well as my siblings, doctor when we were children. He also attended my son when he was born at the Clinic Hospital in 1970. He was a wonderful man and will be deeply missed.

March 22, 2012

Dr. Chase was both my brother and my pedi from about 3 or 4 years old till teens. I have never forgotten him and his kindness and caring attitude toward us. I always felt better when I left his office becaused I felt like he cared. I am 61 and my brother is 62 . God blessed the whole town when Dr. Chase was sent to us.

Guy Goodson

March 21, 2012

A true renaissance man. With the death of my own father this week, I realize how richly I was blessed to have known men of the caliber of Ralph Chase. A great loss for San Angelo. My best to all of his adoring family.

March 21, 2012

One of the richest Men I ever knew. What
Dr. Chase had was an un-dying love for
his fellowman, and he had it in abundant.
God does Love Him.
Stormy Kimrey '58

Bob and Sheila Boggess

March 21, 2012

Have we told you what a wonderful person Ralph Chase was? We loved being part of his Blessings Class at Good Shepherd. His positive outlook is reflected in all who knew him and especially in his beautiful family. Our daughter was only 2-3 when she approached him one day and beat him to the punch, asking, "Have I told you what a wonderful person you are?" What a positive legacy he leaves.
Bob and Sheila Boggess, Waco, TX

March 21, 2012

To the family of Dr. Ralph Chase- from Elaine Beeson, niece of Charles and Margaret Kauhl (now deceased). They so respected him and always held tight in their hearts his personal friendliness. I, too, knew him for a short time. May the Lord always be with you. Prayers and blessings, Elaine Beeson

Dave Reinhart

March 21, 2012

What a great man! What a great life! He and Virginia shinned their light in Bayfield WI. Those of us who met Ralph were always blessed with his charm and wit.

Dave & Barb Reinhart, Bayfield, WI

Brandi Rodriguez

March 21, 2012

So sad to hear of his passing...he was my childhood doctor...I am now 35...what a great man he had an exceptional career and life...RIP Dr. Chase.