May 21, 2004 (age 88-89)
A poet as well as an expert on folk instruments, Chase died of a
stroke May 21 at the Mountain View Alzheimer's Center in Claremont,
according to his daughter, Ellen Chase.
Chase allowed customers to play all the instruments in the center: the
antique Tibetan temple horns, American banjos, Polynesian conch shells
and African tongue drums as well as new guitars, banjos and drums.
Chase was a kindred spirit of folk singers such as Arlo Guthrie and
Pete Seeger, who mixed social causes with music. Chase looked a bit
like a folk singer himself with his full beard -- a soft, gray mist
that covered his collar in his later years.
Dorothy Chase, who with her husband, Charles Chase, founded the
influential Folk Music Center in Claremont, has died.
In the 1970s, they also established the Claremont Folk Festival.