Academy of Lifelong Learning

Jonathan Chace

Newly-weds in 2006, Jonathan Chace and Evie Baskin were in search of a small, civic-minded, arts-friendly, college town near the water. Well, they found it and plan to make it their last stop! After what he regards as rather lackluster high school (Bethesda Chevy Chase, MD), college (Haverford, PA), and graduate school (Bryn Mawr, PA) performances, Jonathan blossomed a bit and found what he loved to do: helping people learn to listen, trust each other, and solve problems collectively. Remarkably, he was paid to do it, working for 33 years at the U. S. Department of Justice’s Community Relations Service, where he was dispatched across the county to mediate racial and ethnic hot spots and community-wide conflicts. Here in Chestertown, he has been a Court-appointed Special Advocate for foster children, a volunteer at RiverArts and at the Samaritan Group of Kent County, a booster for Evie’s artistic work, a grandfather of nine, and a good neighbor and friend to those who will have him.