Gus Gosselin was born on November 25, 1926 in New Bedford, Massachusetts. He was one of the greatest contributers to the promotion of chess in Massachusetts and the New England area. He was the scholastic coordinator for the Massachusetts Chess Association (MACA). In 1984, he was the recipient of the Governor’s Points of Light Award for his volunteer chess activities, presented to him by governor Mitt Romney. This is the highest honor given to a volunteer in Massachusetts. He was president of the New England Chess Association for a number of years. He organized, directed, promoted, and sponsored more chess events than any individual in New England. In 2006, he received the Outstanding Career Achievement Award from the USCF. He died on May 21, 2007, at the age of 80.