Paul Chassé was born July 11, 1926 in Somersworth, New Hampshire, son of Nöel Charles and Annie Curran Chassé. He attended Académie Saint-Martin and graduated from Somersworth High School in 1943. He attended the University of Ottawa before receiving his B.A. from the University of New Hampshire in 1949. He received his M.A. in 1951 and a Doctorate in 1968 from the Université Laval in Québec.
Dr. Chassé spent most of his career (1965-2002) at Rhode Island College where he was Professor of French and Franco-American Studies. He published several books, numerous articles, essays, and poetry. He wrote and published in both French and English, writing frequently for the journal Le Canado-Américain, and the Franco-American newspaper Le Travailleur, published in Worcester, Ma.
Dr. Chassé was the recipient of a number of awards including a Fulbright Grant in 1956, Chevalier dans l’Ordre des Palmes académiques in 1970, the Prix Champlain in 1971, and the Médaille d’argent du Bicentenaire in 1976. He was an active and long-time member of several notable Franco-American societies including the Association Canado-Américaine, the Société Historique Franco-Américaine and Le Conseil pour le développement du français en Nouvelle-Angleterre.
Dr. Chasse died at home in Somersworth, New Hampshire on March 26, 2008. His papers were subsequently donated to the French-Institute at Assumption College.