Condolences for Edward A. Chappell, Jr.

Professor Roger Leech, Romsey, Hampshire, England posted on 2/4/21

Ed was my marvellously hospitable and convivial host when I stayed with him for a few days in the 1990s. He was such a fund of ideas and inspiration and I am so sad to have just discovered that he has died. He must be so much mourned by all his friends and colleagues in Williamsburg. I join with you in grieving for his loss but remembering his friendship. .

 

Antoinette Brennan posted on 8/21/20

I was invited to accompany Ed, Terry Meyers and Linda Rowe to the house on Prince George St. believed to be the site of the Bray School. I was impressed to watch Ed eagerly identify 18th C doors, woodwork and floor boards. His professional opinion was highly valued in identifying the house.

 

K. Edward Lay, Professor Emeritus of Architecture UVA posted on 8/14/20

Ed was an amazing, talented, and inquisitive person, and I as an architect at UVA learned through teaching him. I probably learned as much as he did. His master's thesis on Germanic houses in the Shenandoah Valley served as a different look at architectural history. Ed's class was an unusually talented group of which he was outstanding. I'm so proud of all Ed's many accomplishments.

 

K. Edward Lay, Professor Emeritus of Architecture UVA posted on 8/14/20

Ed was an amazing, talented, and inquisitive person, and I as an architect at UVA learned through teaching him. I probably learned as much as he did. His master's thesis on Germanic houses in the Shenandoah Valley served as a different look at architectural history. Ed's class was an unusually talented group of which he was outstanding. I'm so proud of all Ed's many accomplishments. *************************************************************************** K. Edward Lay Cary D. Langhorne Professor Emeritus of Architecture, University of Virginia

 

Jack Spain posted on 8/7/20

Mary and i send our most sincere condolences to Susan Buck. When he first came to help us understand Bewdley, I did not then understand his love of outbuilding, but soon learned! We became admirers of both Ed and Susan and wish her the best in this time of sadness.

 

Tad Thompson posted on 8/4/20

Ed will be sorely missed. I so enjoyed his engaging company and inquisitive mind and we'll never forget has several visits to Tuckahoe where he taught us about our outbuildings and especially the portico over the north entrance later destroyed by hurricane Isabel. He spent several hours crawling around inside to document it and it's history of being expanded. We affectionately called it Ed's dog house.

 

Pamela Goddard posted on 8/3/20

I was honored to work with Ed in our joint battle to protect historic Jamestown from the miserable transmission line in the James River. He was a fierce fighter and I was glad to have him on our side. Rest in peace, dear friend.

 

Dick Dabrowski and Carolyn Smith posted on 8/3/20

We are deeply saddened to learn of Ed's death. The preservation community has lost a giant who raised the standard for the rest of us in the field. The sites that he helped to restore will stand as monuments to his memory.

 

Kathleen Rivers posted on 8/3/20

What a great loss to Drayton Hall and to the entire family of dedicated research architects across the country. My heart goes out to his family and close friends.

 

Douglas Hole posted on 8/3/20

My wife Donna worked directly with Ed in Williamsburg when she was architectural historian for the Foundation and again in Annapolis when she was chief of preservation for the city. Ed was a special friend and he will be missed. Blessings

 

Walter Rabhan posted on 8/3/20

Shocked! So,so sorry. Wonderful memories traveling with Ed and Susan in Nepal and Bhutan with VMFA. Our sincere condolences. Walter and Barbara Rabhan

 

Kasey Grier posted on 8/2/20

Susan, my heart goes out to you.

 

Patti Hay Peterson posted on 8/2/20

Ed was a high school classmate, already a gentle soul and intense scholar when the rest of us were busy being foolish teenagers. I am so sad to hear of his passing, which was much too soon. He made a lasting contribution to the historical community.

 

Richard W. Jackson posted on 8/2/20

So sorry to hear of Ed's passing. Ed's grandmother and my grandmother were sisters, and as I understand it my mom and Ed's mom were close growing up in rural Virginia. I remember Ed and his family meeting several times a year throughout our childhood usually at Christmas and family reunions. Over the years I have been fascinated in following Ed's career and I have done a great deal research of our family history.

 

Walter Rabhan posted on 8/2/20

Travel companion

 

Toby (Bob) Lane posted on 8/2/20

Ed and I got acquainted through my participation in the Architectural Review Board. Ed was always willing to lend his expertise and offer his opinion on preservation topics here in Williamsburg. I valued his advice and lcame to respect his wisdom and integrity. I am saddened by his premature and untimely death at what I have come to believe is the best time of life.

 

Terry Meyers posted on 8/2/20

I came to know Ed through his generous sharing of expertise and enthusiasm regarding the Dudley Digges house as a possible home of the Bray School, and then too through his extraordinary publication on and knowledge of Zuni pottery. His passing is a tragedy on so many levels and to so many people--such a devastating loss. My heart goes out to his wife and family.

 

Donna Stein posted on 8/1/20

Ed was a regular customer when I worked at Aromas. He was always a bright spot in my day. He was a consistently friendly face and kind man. I am so sorry to hear of his passing.