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By William Lowell Putnam

Charles Ernest Fay (1846–1931), the “Mr. American mountain climbing” of his day, was once chairman of the assembly that resulted in the basis of the Appalachian Mountain membership in 1876. Thereafter he served a number of phrases as that club’s president and was once the editor of its magazine, APPALACHIA, for forty years. In 1902 he used to be elected because the first president of the yank 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 additionally its longest serving. in the course of all this era he was once Professor of recent Languages at Tufts collage in Medford, Massachusetts, the place he shared workplaces 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 losing our of school — whatever yet a promising starting. quickly, even if, he begun the intense research of the heritage of climbing, eventually writing broadly in this subject. He turned the 1st individual elected to the yank Alpine membership, in the course of its days of “exclusivity,” below the “or the identical” clause of club must haves, for he was once by no means a significant alpinist — constantly contenting himself with the examine of its literature.
Howard Palmer (1883–1944), a legal professional through education, inherited the administration of his family’s bed production enterprise in New London, Connecticut. beginning in 1907, he compiled an enviable checklist of first ascents within the mountains of western Canada and in 1914 released the North American vintage, climbing AND EXPLORATION within the SELKIRKS. He served as editor of the Club’s first guidebook and a number of other variants 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 via occupation, following within the footsteps of his father. After the top of global struggle I, Roy, as he used to be identified 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 area for numerous variations. A diligent pupil of alpine literature, he compiled a couple of scholarly researches into the heritage 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 yankee ALPINE magazine, and gave the membership essentially the most helpful goods in its museum. In 2000, the UIAA gave its first award for learn into the historical past of alpinism lower than the identify of James Monroe Thorington.
After graduating from Harvard in 1942, Andrew John Kauffman (b. 1921) the son of 2 extraordinary American literary figures, spent his complete operating profession in a variety of diplomatic capacities. among nation division assignments in Washington, Paris, Managua and Calcutta, he spent weekends and vacation trips within the Alps and the mountains of Peru, Colombia, Alaska, Canada, and eventually within the Karakoram, the place he tested a excessive point of acromania by means of turning into one of many merely americans to make the 1st ascent of an 8000 meter height. He additionally served the membership as a counselor and as vice-president and was once elected to Honorary Membership.
William Lowell Putnam (b. 1924) has been an reputable of the Harvard mountain climbing membership, the Appalachian Mountain membership, then the yankee Alpine membership and eventually the foreign organization of Alpine Societies (UIAA), and has been venerated via a number of different mountain climbing societies. His significant employment was once in tv broadcasting, yet his middle continues to be within the mountains of western Canada. At this writing he's the only real trustee of Lowell Observatory in Flagstaff, Arizona. whereas many have needed for the chance, humans haven't but learn his obituary.

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