Farewell to a UT Trailblazer

Last Thursday the University of Texas family lost a true pioneer on this campus, and a giant among Texas Exes.

John Chase was not only the first African American to attend graduate school at the University of Texas—he was also the first African-American president of the Texas Exes.

In 1992, he was named a Distinguished Alumnus for his significant contributions to our University as well as to the field of architecture, including work on the Vietnam Memorial in Washington, D.C.

John was known around the Texas Exes as humble, graceful, and a great family man. For his leadership and contributions, the Texas Exes are extremely grateful for his dedication and service to our organization.

Our sincere condolences go out to John’s entire family—I know he will be sorely missed not only by you, but also by many members of his UT family.

John Chase enrolls at UT on June 7, 1950. Read more about John’s life and work here.




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