published Tuesday, August 9th, 2011

Engineer, Rock City ex-chief Edward Young Chapin dies

Chattanooga businessman and civic leader Edward Young Chapin IV, known by many as Chape, died Saturday.

He was a longtime president of Rock City Gardens and was president of a variety of professional tourism organizations. He also was a past president and longtime member of the Chattanooga Engineers Club.

Richard Manning, the club’s treasurer, said Chapin was interested in promoting science, technology, engineering and math education.

“It was focused in elementary through high school and trying to get students interested,” Manning said. “Our concern was with lagging math scores and what we could do to get kids excited.”

Also, Chapin was involved in teaching robotics primarily to middle school youth, Manning said.

Chapin was “the go-to guy” in connection with the FIRST Lego League educational robotics competitions, Manning said.

“He supported teams with time and money,” he said. “He was devoted to that and had been for years. He was extremely effective.”

Rebecca Balch, the engineering club’s secretary, recalled Chapin was quite active and a big contributor to managing the group’s Web page.

She said he was a member of the club since 1974.

Chapin also helped in the effort to establish the 911 system and emergency management technician programs in Northwest Georgia and Hamilton County. He served as a regional vice president of the Tennessee Association of Rescue Squads, and he was deputy chief of the Chattanooga-Hamilton County Rescue Service and the Lookout Mountain, Ga., Fire Department.

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I had the privilege of knowing E.Y. personally and professionally. He was a treasure. May God be with his family.

August 9, 2011 at 11:38 a.m.
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