It is with great sadness that we report the passing of former Feet First boardmember Chas Redmond this last November 6. He died peacefully after suffering a stroke earlier in the year, which was followed by compounding health issues.
Chas was born in Wilmington, North Carolina. Since his dad worked for the US military, he moved around a lot as a child, living all over the US as well as Morocco and southern France. After graduating high school, Chas attended Penn State University. After college, Chas volunteered for the Vietnam War and was dispatched to Korea where he served as administrative staff. Following his honorable discharge from the Army, Chas was hired in Seattle as a reporter for the Seattle Post-Intelligencer. Next, he moved to Washington, DC, where he worked for the US Park Service. From 1980 to 2003, Chas worked for NASA. For a time he worked at NASA’s Johnson Space Center in Houston, Texas, working as a public affairs officer on NASA’s Viking mission to Mars. He also worked for a time at NASA’s headquarters in Washington, DC. After retirement, Chas and his wife moved to West Seattle, where he became involved in a myriad of civic activities. Fortunately for us, helping Feet First was one of them.
Chas became a member of our board of directors in 2007 and during the next year worked with the rest of the board to interview and select a new Executive Director (Lisa Quinn). During the next four years he worked with Feet First staff on a variety of projects involving Safe Routes to School, charting and documenting unsafe sidewalks around schools, serving as guide for neighborhood walks, and providing event support for various Feet First events. He served as Feet First’s representative on the Pedestrian Master Plan Advisory Group, charged with developing a new pedestrian plan for Seattle. Chas was also involved in trails development using community engagement and community mapping forums and seminars to develop a set of preferred walking, shopping, shortcut, scenic, exercise, and kid-friendly pedestrian trails in West Seattle and later all of Northeast Seattle. After stepping down from the Feet First board in 2012, Chas continued serving on our policy committee for a couple of years, and remained an active supporter after that. In 2018, Chas lead a well-attended Walk and Talk touring potential light rail station locations in West Seattle.
Among the other groups and projects Chas worked on after retirement are: the Alki Art Fair, the Camp Long Advisory Council, Sustainable West Seattle, the Southwest District Council, the Morgan Community Organization, and the Delridge Day Council. In 2013, Chas ran for the Seattle City Council, but did not advance out of the primary.
Chas is survived by his wife Katherine and sons Leif and Adam.