By Frederick N. Rasmussen, The Baltimore Sun
5:03 PM EDT, June 14, 2013
Dr. Henry V. "Harry" Chase, a retired internist who served in the Navy during World War II and the Korean War, died June 9 of complications from Alzheimer's disease at Somerford Place, a Frederick assisted-living facility. He was 90.
The son of Harry Thomas Chase, who was a partner in the Chase-Amato Co., and Catherine Brady Chase, Henry Vincent Chase was born in Baltimore and raised on South Lakewood and Linwood avenues in Highlandtown.
He was a 1939 graduate of Mount St. Joseph High School in Irvington, where he was captain of the school's soccer team.
Dr. Chase earned a bachelor's degree at what is now Loyola University Maryland, where he played soccer and was captain of the team. He joined the Navy while at college during World War II. At his 1943 graduation, reported The Baltimore Sun, he was one of "three graduates in sailors' uniforms."
After being discharged from the Navy at the end of the war, he returned to Baltimore and earned his degree in 1947 from the University of Maryland School of Medicine.
He completed an internship and residency in internal medicine at what is now Mercy Medical Center, and a residency in cardiology at Massachusetts General Hospital in Boston.
Dr. Chase began practicing medicine in the late 1940s. In 1950, he was recalled to active military duty. He served in the Navy Medical Corps and was assigned to Bethesda Naval Hospital, the Naval Medical Center San Diego, and was loaned to the Army, where he served at Fort Knox. He also served in Japan.
After being discharged in 1953, he returned to Frederick, where he joined Dr. Albert A. Pearre Sr. and Dr. Edward Thomas in the practice of internal medicine.
In 1962, Dr. Chase was elected chief of staff of Frederick Memorial Hospital, and a year later, he was named a fellow in the American College of Physicians.
He became a founding member in 1966 of Internal Medicine Associates on Ninth Street in Frederick with Dr. Pearre, Dr. Thomas and Dr. Richard C. Reynolds.
"He was in practice with my father and Dick Reynolds. It has now grown to a group of six," said Dr. A. Austin Pearre Jr., who joined the practice.
"Dr. Chase was such a nice guy. You couldn't find a nicer gentleman or partner. He was quiet and very easy to get along with," said Dr. Pearre. "He was a good team player, and many of us thought he retired too soon. The patients loved him, and they're still talking about him."
"He never had any regular business hours, and I remember when the phone rang, he went right to work making house calls," said a son, Thomas V. Chase of Frederick.
Dr. Pearre said one of Dr. Chase's interests was infectious diseases, and he often attended meetings on the subject at the National Institutes of Health.
"He was also an expert on histoplasmosis and had written several papers on the subject," said Dr. Pearre. Histoplasmosis is a fungal infection found in the droppings of birds and bats that is inhaled into the lungs. It results in a serious infection that, left untreated, is almost always fatal.
After retiring in 1988, the longtime resident of West College Terrace worked part time caring for patients at Citizens Nursing Home in Frederick.
In his retirement, Dr. Chase conducted research about early members of the Maryland State Medical Society. Several of his profiles were published in the society's journal.
Dr. Chase was an avid tennis player and a member of the Frederick Tennis Patrons. He also enjoyed vacationing in Ocean City, fishing and working in his vegetable garden.
"He was devoted to three things: his faith, family and practice," said his son.
His wife of 66 years, the former Anna Margaret Myers, whom he met at a Mount St. Agnes College mixer, died in 2011.
"He was a great gentleman. Frederick will remember his name for a long time to come," said Dr. Pearre.
Dr. Chase was a communicant of St. John Roman Catholic Church in Frederick.
Services are private.
Dr. Chase is survived by another son, Henry Vincent Chase Jr. of Myersville; a daughter, Anne Handran Hicks of Ellicott City; eight grandchildren; and four great-grandchildren.
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