Services were recently held for John Chase Jr., who died Jan. 2 at age 66. He was administration manager for Security and Emergency Preparedness at Hobby Airport and an adjunct professor at the Thurgood Marshall School of Law. He was the son of the late John Chase Sr., the first African-American licensed to practice architecture in the state of Texas.

John Chase Jr., a life-long Houstonian, earned a degree in Political Science from Rice University and a law degree from the University of Houston Law Center.

He began his professional career in banking, but his interest in politics led to his involvement in the mayoral campaigns of Fred Hofheinz and Kathy Whitmire. He served in both administrations. He also operated a private law practice and served as a municipal judge for the City of Houston. 

Survivors include his wife, Brenda Peters-Chase; mother, Drucie Chase; stepdaughter, Christina Martin; brother, Anthony Chase and sister, Saundria Chase Gray.