Robert J. Chassell was born in Bennington, VT on August 22, 1946, and was a lifelong resident of the Berkshires. He died on June 30, 2017, of a rare neurological disorder, progressive supranuclear palsy (PSP). He was the eldest child of Joseph O. Chassell (1900 - 1981) and Margot Rasch Chassell (1911 - 1996)). He is survived by his sister, Karen Chassell Ringwald.
He read economics at Peterhouse College, Cambridge University, in Cambridge, England (receiving the equivalent of a Masters Degree in Economics). Bob was an avid private pilot, and owned his own Cessna Skyhawk until his illness ended his ability to fly.
Bob was one of the founding directors of Free Software Foundation (FSF) in 1985. While on the Board of Directors, Bob was also the treasurer for FSF for about ten years, and left the FSF to become an international speaker on free software topics for several years. Bob authored several books, which are listed or linked on his Wikipedia page at: Bob's Wikipedia Page
The Free Software Foundations's Tribute to Bob can be found at: Software Freedom Conservance Tribute to Robert J. Chassell
Several of Bob's books and other writings can be found on Richard Stallman's personal page at: Writings by Bob Chassell on Richard Stallman's Personal Page
Photographs of Bob can be found and downloaded from: Photo Galleries
Early stories about Bob written by his longtime friend, Dale Read, can be found at: Excerpt from My BROOKBEND Home
Memories of Bob by longtime family friend, Ginger Andrews, can be found at: Memories of Bob
A 2012 painting of the Chassell Family pond on Rattlesnake Mountain Road by Ginger Andrews can be found at: The Pond
A tribute to Bob by his longtime friend, Teddy Gross, can be found at: Tribute by Teddy Gross
A sketch about Bob and the Chassell Family by longtime family friend, Ann Northrup, can be found at: Sketch by Ann Northrup
A Memorial Service was held for Bob at the First Congregational Church; Stockbridge, MA, on July 26, 2017, at 11 am.
The Memorial Service Program can be found at: Memorial Service Program
The Memorial Service Eulogy can be found at: Eulogy
An mp3 recording of the Memorial Service can be played or downloaded from: Memorial Service Recording
A video recording of the Memorial Service Prelude, Nun komm der Heiden heiland, BWV 659, by J. S. Bach can be found at: Nun komm der Heiden Heiland
Contact Fred Ringwald to request the uncompressed original audio file of Bob's Memorial Service or the uncompressed original video file of Bob's Memorial Service Prelude.
The family has requested that in lieu of flowers, that donations be made in Bob's name to Hospice In the Berkshires; 877 South Street; Pittsfield, MA 01201.