Harold Dondis, Chairman Emeritus & Trustee

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Chairman Emeritus and Trustee, Harold Dondis , Born Rockland, Maine, Oct. 1, 1922.

Education: Rockland High School 1939
Bowdoin, BS degree 1943
LLB Degree Harvard, 1945

Chess Activities: (hobby)

  • Weekly chess columnist for Boston Globe from 1964 to present time. A collection of these articles has been published by the U. S. Chess Federation.
  • Co-founder and Trustee of U.S. Chess Trust, a national 501(c)(3) charity for education in chess.
  • Formerly, CEO of this Chess Trust for 30 years or more.
  • Highest rating was as an Expert (2 ranks below highest title of Senior Master); once tied for first in Class A (one grade below expert) championship in U.S. Open Chess Championship.
  • An anomaly was a win (since published) against Bobby Fischer during a simultaneous display by him against some 60 players.
  • Author of short story (The Tables at Harvard Square) in the British magazine CHESS and limited articles in chess magazines (New- In- Chess and Chess Life).

Legal activities:

Corporate Legal Practice, (specializing in public utility representation): Rich May, 1945-2005.  Now semi- retired, working almost full time on legal research. Have read and abstracted every decision of the U.S. Supreme Court and Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court in the last 60 years.

Co-author of several major Law Review articles.

Argued (among other cases) in Circuit and U.S. Supreme Court FEA v. Algonquin SNG, Inc. 426 U.S. 548 (constitutionality of multibillion dollar oil tariff 1976) New England for utilities and New England Attorneys General. Won in Circuit Court, lost in Supreme Court. The tariff was largely removed during litigation.