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Richard B. Chess

Richard B. Chess, American real estate acquisition officer, lawyer. Bar: Virginia 1977, Pennsylvania 1977. V.P. Richmond Community Action Program, 1982-1983. Sergeant United States Marine Corps Reserve, 1979-1983. Member Virginia Bar Association (affiliates professions committee since 1989).

Background

  • Chess, Richard B. was born on December 20, 1953 in Pittsburgh. Son of George Findley and Mary (Danyla) Chess.

  • Education

    • Bachelor of Science, University Pittsburgh, 1973. Juris Doctor, University Richmond, 1977.

    Career

    • He spent most of his childhood and youth in Cherry Hill, New Jersey. He is the author of three books of poetry, Third Temple (2007), Chair in the Desert (2000), and Tekiah (1994). His poems have appeared in many journals as well as several anthologies, including Best American Spiritual Writing 2005 and Telling and Remembering: A Century of American-Jewish Poetry.

      He is professor of literature and language at the University of North Carolina at Asheville. He directs UNCA’s Center for Jewish Studies as well as UNCA’s Creative Writing Program. He served for a number of years as writer-in-residence at the Brandeis Bardin Institute in Simi Valley, California.

      He is now assistant director of The Jewish Arts Institute at Elat Chayyim, located at the Isabella Freedman Retreat Center, where he will be teaching creative writing in a two year training institute that begins in August 2007. He is poetry editor of Zeek: A Jewish Journal of Thought and Culture.

    Major achievements

    • Bar: Virginia 1977, Pennsylvania 1977.

    Works

    • Co-author: LGA Newsletter, 1975-1976. Founder, editor newsletter Allegheny County Democratic, 1979-1980. Writer, producer weekly segment Consumer's Corner "Good Morning, Virginia", 1983-1984.

    Politics

    God, who is heard throughout the Bible, calls for justice for the widows, orphans and aliens who were oppressed by the powers of the day. Therefore the involvement in political life is something that Christians should not avoid.

    Party affiliation: Democrat

    Religion

    In modern culture the ability to make decisions and choose our own path in life has extremely high value. But through the faith we voluntarily surrender to God in love and joy.

    Denomination: Methodist

    Views

    All Christians need to be familiar with the Bible, that contains a wide variety of literature, including history, law, poetry, gospels, letters, polemic, stories and apocalyptic visions, and try to immerse themselves in it.

    Membership

    V.P. Richmond Community Action Program, 1982-1983. Sergeant United States Marine Corps Reserve, 1979-1983. Member Virginia Bar Association (affiliates professions committee since 1989).

    Connections

    • Married Diane Dolan, October 10, 1981.
    • father: George Findley Chess
    • mother: Mary (Danyla) Chess
    • spouse: Diane Dolan
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    Born December 20, 1953
    (age 63)
    • 1973
      University Pittsburgh
    • 1977
      University Richmond
    • 1975 - 1976
      Assistant, director Local Government Attorneys of Virginia
      Richmond, Virginia, United States
    • 1976 - 1978
      assistant, county solicitor Allegheny County Law Department
      Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, United States
    • 1978 - 1980
      state representative Pennsylvania General Assembly
      Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, United States
    • 1981 - 1982
      vice president, economic development Metro Richmond C. of C.
    • 1983
      finance planner Mass Mutual
      Richmond, Virginia, United States
    • 1984 - 1987
      assistant, analyst Manufacturers Life
    • 1984 - 1987
      senior, analyst Manufacturers Life
    • 1987
      director, United Dominion Realty Trust
    • 1987
      vice president, United Dominion Realty Trust
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