Edgar ‘Dooky’ L. Chase III, of Restaurant Family, Dies

ChaseiiiNEW ORLEANS (Verite) — Edgar “Dooky” L. Chase III, patriarch of the Chase restaurant family and community leader, died Wednesday (Feb. 21), according to the family. He was 74.

Chase was the son of the famed restaurateurs Edgar “Dooky” Chase Jr. and Leah Chase. He was a 1967 graduate of Jesuit High School who received a law degree from Loyola University in New Orleans and an MBA from Columbia University in New York. He also served in the Marine Corps before embarking on a long career at companies including Price Waterhouse & Company and Cox Communication. In New Orleans, Chase also served as a dean at Dillard University and on numerous public and private boards.

An official family statement reads:

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Dooky was a passionate New Orleanian that proudly served on numerous local, state and regional boards focused on strengthening and improving our community and bringing people together. In addition to being a CPA and attorney, Dooky was a lifelong educator and university administrator that educated and mentored thousands of students and young professionals. He was a principled man, who was joyfully dedicated to being of service to others. Dooky was filled with passion and faith which was exhibited in his daily life and in his interactions with others. He believed in the power of love for mankind and was guided by the ideals of liberty.

While we mourn his loss, we celebrate his remarkable life, and cherish the life lessons he taught us. He will be remembered for his kindness, wisdom, commitment to our community and to all humanity, and unwavering love for his family. His presence will be greatly missed, but his spirit will forever live on in our hearts.

The Chase family is requesting that in lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the Edgar “Dooky” Jr. and Leah Chase Family Foundation at P.O. Box 791313, New Orleans, LA 70179 or online at www.dookychasefoundation.org.

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