John S. Chase — a prolific modern architect, the first African-American to enroll at the University of Texas, and a force to be reckoned with in local politics — died Thursday night after a long illness. He was 87.
“He was the first licensed black architect in Texas,” said his son-in-law, former Channel 2 anchorman Jerome Gray. “The first black president of the UT alumni group, the Texas Exes. The first black to serve on theU.S. Commission on Fine Arts, which during his watch picked Maya Lin to do the Vietnam Veterans Memorial. He was the first of so many things. He blazed so many trails.”
John Chase, one of UT’s first black students, dies – Houston Chronicle.