Raymond Hood Chace
Raymond Hood Chace
Hometown: Providence, RI
Team: Tennis

Raymond Hood Chace '34
Hometown:
Providence, RI
Sport:
Tennis
Year Inducted:
1978

Raymond Hood Chace ’34 was the outstanding tennis player produced at Brown from the mid-1920’s and World War II. Because he had all the shots, Chace played an aggressive game, using the overhead shot with authority and moving to the net to volley. The strength of his serve was that he had a change of pace. He could serve flat or put a spin on the ball. He also moved the ball around in his serve much as a crafty pitcher will move a pitch around the plate. It was hard to return a Ray Chace serve because you never quite knew what was coming at you. Chace was a smart tennis player, one who was equally at home in doubles. He had a good backhand volley and was able to adapt his game to his partner as well as to the surface on which they played. Doubles is a net game, and Ray Chace had an exceptionally strong backhand and could move with quickness and agility around the net. He still recalls as highlights of his career two losses to the great Wilmer Hines of North Carolina, 6-4, 6-4 in 1933 and 6-2, 14-12 a year later. He claims that there was a “little consolation” in the summer of 1934 when he and his partner, Charles Swanson, defeated Hines and Jaime Del-Amo in the New England Sectional men’s Doubles. He an Swanson once captured the R.I. Clay Court Doubles and in 1968 Chace and Paul Powers of Worcester won the New England Seniors Doubles Championship. In the 1960’s Ray, who had been captain at Brown, teamed with his son, Nat, captain of the 1962 Bruins, to form one of the better Father-Son teams in the country. During World War II, T/5 Chace won the Persian Gulf Command singles championship and was presented a trophy by the Shah of Iran. Ray Chace also captained the Brown hockey team and was its leading scorer. He was a small, durable, and heady right wing who played both ends of the ice. He had good moves around the cage and was possessed with the God-given ability to put the puck in the nets. Chace is a paralegal with the Providence firm of Levy, Goodman, Semonoff & Gorin, a firm in which his son, Nathan, is a partner. He and his wife, Alice (Wellesley ’32), have two other children, Thomas and Priscilla.