Harold Dondis, Chairman Emeritus & Trustee

BCC Herb Healy 2009. Harold Dondis

BCC Herb Healy 2009. Harold Dondis

Harold Dondis (1922 – 2015)

U.S. Chess Trust Trustee and Chairman Emeritus, Harold Dondis died playing chess at the Boylston Chess Club. He was 93 years old. This is a great loss to the Chess Trust.

Harold was a key founder and Trust Chairman from 1967 at its inception until 2000, when he wished to step aside as Chair in my favor. His advice has been invaluable to me and the Trust.

He was very dedicated to the Trust and received the USCF Distinguished Service Award in recognition of all he did for chess, including his column in the Boston Globe and his work for the Boylston Chess Club. He was the former president of the Massachusetts State Chess Association and a partner in a Boston Law firm.

We named the Harold Dondis Award in his honor. He will be greatly missed.

Harold Winston

Chairman, US Chess Trust

Dondis, Harold B. - Boston / Obituary

DONDIS, Harold B. Of Belmont, MA, passed away December 10, 2015. Beloved husband of Claire Louise Dondis. Son of the late Joseph and Ida (Povich) Dondis and brother of the late Meredith Dondis of Rockland, ME. Brother-in-law of Esther Dondis of Rockland, ME, and the uncle of Jo Dondis of Camden, ME and Lynn Dondis of Washington, DC.

Born in Rockland, Maine, he was educated in Rockland Public Schools. Mr. Dondis graduated from Bowdoin College and Harvard Law School. He practiced law and became a senior partner at Rich, May in Boston for his entire legal career. He was also general counsel for the Algonquin Gas Transmission Company for many years. Mr. Dondis had a great interest in the game of chess and founded the U.S. Chess Trust. This Trust became the charitable arm of the U.S. Chess Federation.

He wrote the chess column for the Boston Globe for 50 years.

Relatives & Friends are respectfully invited to attend Visiting Hours in celebration of Harold’s Life in the Brasco & Sons Memorial Chapels, 325 Trapelo Rd, BELMONT, on Wednesday, Dec. 16th from 3 – 7 p.m.

Donations may be made in his memory to the Rockland Public Library, Rockland, ME 04841 or the Boylston Chess Club, Suite B101, Norris St, No. Cambridge, MA 02140.

For complete obituary, guest book & additional information please refer to; www.BrascoFuneral Home.com Belmont 617-484-2088 “Creating Meaningful Memories”

Published in The Boston Globe on Dec. 13, 2015

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Services by Brasco & Sons Memorial Chapels


Wednesday, December 16, 201503:00 PM – 07:00 PM
Brasco & Sons Memorial Chapels; 325 Trapelo Road Belmont, MA 02478


  • Paul B Tomaino
    December 15, 2015

    I knew Harold from my days in MA. Truly a gentleman, wonderful person who did so much for chess. I had the pleasure of chatting with him at the US Senior open and played him many years ago in Boston. He will be missed.

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