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The sudden death of Dennis Chase has touched many lives, not only at Advertising Age, where he worked for nearly 14 years, but in the marketing community. With his talent, energy and enthusiasm, he became a familiar force.

A former executive editor of this publication and a member of its editorial board, Mr. Chase was killed in a skiing accident this month while with his son at a resort in Utah.

His friends and associates, stunned by the suddenness, the heart-rending loss left by this horrible accident, cannot find the words to express adequately their deep sense of sadness and emptiness. At 47, "the same age as Bill Clinton," as he used to say, Dennis Chase was in the prime of his life, and that, of course, adds all the more to the grieving that envelops this tragedy.

In the end, we are left to express our deepest condolences to his family, to his fiancee, and to contemplate his uplifting legacy of professionalism and creative leadership.

Those are qualities that defined this gifted, idea-filled business reporter and editor. In helping in so many ways to shape and improve our U.S. and global coverage during an historic industry-wide transitional period, Dennis Chase gained the confidence, respect, and friendship of many dynamic marketing and advertising people and contributed mightily to the raising of business journalism's standards.

As we say our farewells to this unforgettable colleague, we're grateful that he chose Advertising Age to be the place where he would best practice his craft and display his talents, and to make his indelible contributions to the cause of better global communications.

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