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By William Lowell Putnam

Charles Ernest Fay (1846–1931), the “Mr. American hiking” of his day, was once chairman of the assembly that ended in the basis of the Appalachian Mountain membership in 1876. Thereafter he served numerous phrases as that club’s president and used to be the editor of its magazine, APPALACHIA, for forty years. In 1902 he was once elected because the first president of the yankee Alpine membership, and reelected for a moment three-year time period. In 1917, he was once elected president once again, hence turning into not just the Club’s first president but in addition its longest serving. in the course of all this era he used to be Professor of recent Languages at Tufts collage in Medford, Massachusetts, the place he shared places of work with the junior editor — albeit with a hiatus of 18 years among their respective occupancies.
Allen Herbert Bent (1867–1926), a local of Boston, Massachusetts, all started his lifetime of scholarly examine into alpinism by means of shedding our of faculty — whatever yet a promising starting. quickly, even though, he started the intense research of the background of mountain climbing, eventually writing broadly in this subject. He grew to become the 1st individual elected to the yank Alpine membership, in the course of its days of “exclusivity,” less than the “or the an identical” clause of club must haves, for he was once by no means a significant alpinist — regularly contenting himself with the research of its literature.
Howard Palmer (1883–1944), a legal professional via education, inherited the administration of his family’s bed production enterprise in New London, Connecticut. beginning in 1907, he compiled an enviable list of first ascents within the mountains of western Canada and in 1914 released the North American vintage, hiking AND EXPLORATION within the SELKIRKS. He served as editor of the Club’s first guidebook and a number of other versions of its magazine. He additionally furthered the association as its secretary, a director and as its president.
James Monroe Thorington (1894–1989), of Philadelphia, used to be an ophthalmologist by means of career, following within the footsteps of his father. After the tip of global warfare I, Roy, as he was once recognized to his intimates, spent such a lot of his holiday time within the mountains of western Canada and served as editor of the Club’s guidebooks to that zone for numerous variants. A diligent pupil of alpine literature, he compiled a few scholarly researches into the historical past of yankee alpinism, served decades as a director of the membership, one time period as its president, then for 10 years as editor of the yank ALPINE magazine, and gave the membership one of the most important goods in its museum. In 2000, the UIAA gave its first award for learn into the background of alpinism below the identify of James Monroe Thorington.
After graduating from Harvard in 1942, Andrew John Kauffman (b. 1921) the son of 2 uncommon American literary figures, spent his complete operating occupation in numerous diplomatic capacities. among country division assignments in Washington, Paris, Managua and Calcutta, he spent weekends and vacations within the Alps and the mountains of Peru, Colombia, Alaska, Canada, and at last within the Karakoram, the place he tested a excessive point of acromania by way of turning into one of many in basic terms american citizens to make the 1st ascent of an 8000 meter top. He additionally served the membership as a counselor and as vice-president and used to be elected to Honorary Membership.
William Lowell Putnam (b. 1924) has been an authentic of the Harvard mountain climbing membership, the Appalachian Mountain membership, then the yank Alpine membership and at last the overseas organization of Alpine Societies (UIAA), and has been venerated through a number of different mountain climbing societies. His significant employment was once in tv broadcasting, yet his middle is still within the mountains of western Canada. At this writing he's the only trustee of Lowell Observatory in Flagstaff, Arizona. whereas many have wanted for the chance, humans haven't but learn his obituary.

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