2006 Obituaries


Joined: January 21st, 2004, 4:12 am

February 8th, 2006, 2:45 pm #2

According to <a href=http://www.npr.org/templates/story/stor ... 997>NPR</a> and the Feb. 13, 2006 issue of <a href=http://www.nationalreview.com>National Review</a> magazine, Austrian mountaineering legend <a href=http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Heinrich_Harrer>Heinrich Harrer</a> died on Jan. 7, 2006. He was a pioneering climber, an Olympic skier, and a tutor to the Dalai Lama. Harrar was a member of the first team to conquer the North Face of the Eiger in 1938. An Austrian, he joined the SS around that time because they offered him a job as a ski instructor. Sent to Kashmir in 1939 to seek challenging mountains, Harrer was interned by the British, escaped, made his way to Tibet, and became tutor to the young Dalai Lama. He documented his experiences in Tibet in the books <a href= Years in Tibet[/i]</a> and <a href= Lhasa[/i]</a>.
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Joined: January 21st, 2004, 4:12 am

May 17th, 2006, 3:45 am #3

PORTLAND, OR - <a href=http://www.skihall.com>U.S. National Ski Hall of Fame</a> member Richard Kohnstamm, the visionary who pioneered summer racing camps on <a href=http://americasroof.com/or.shtml>Mount Hood</a>'s glacier and transformed <a href=http://www.timberlinelodge.com>Timberline Lodge</a> on Mount Hood from a shuttered Depression Era hotel into the nation's first ski area to be designated a National Historic Landmark, has died.

Kohnstamm, who was born and educated in New York City, managed the renowned lodge from 1955 until 1992 when his son Jeff took over. Kohnstamm died Friday night, April 21 at age 80.

"I've known him when I was an athlete in the sixties and we had a couple of training camps at Timberline, was [U.S.] alpine director, now as president and CEO of the [U.S.] ski team and as a fellow Hall of Fame member. Richard not only was a greater supporter of the ski team, he was quite a visionary," said <a href=http://www.ussa.org>USSA</a> President and CEO <a href=http://www.ussa.org/PublishingFolder/272_1087.htm>Bill Marolt</a>.

<a href=http://www.skiracing.com/industry_repor ... 788/>Click here to read the article</a>.
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Joined: January 21st, 2004, 4:12 am

June 2nd, 2006, 3:51 am #4

LINVILLE, NC - Hugh Morton died this evening after a life in which he created <a href=http://www.grandfather.com/>Grandfather Mountain</a>, saved the <a href=http://www.hatteras-nc.com/light/>Cape Hatteras Lighthouse</a>, birthed <a href=http://www.wilmingtonnc.gov/>Wilmington</a>’s <a href=http://www.ncazaleafestival.org/>Azalea Festival</a>, photographed every corner of the state and inspired thousands of schoolchildren to donate nickels for the USS North Carolina battleship.

Morton, for many, wasn’t a household name such as Carolina basketball coach <a href=http://tarheelblue.cstv.com/sports/m-ba ... .html>Dean Smith</a> or former <a href=http://www.unctv.org/biocon/tsanford/part2.html>Gov. Terry Sanford</a>. But, in a persistent push over decades, Morton did more than perhaps any other person to promote the beauty and honor of <a href=http://www.state.nc.us/>North Carolina</a>.

“Few people in this generation have exceeded in quality what Hugh did,” said William Friday, a lifelong friend and former president of the UNC system.

Morton, who was 85 and lived in <a href=http://www.topix.net/city/linville-nc>Linville</a> in <a href=http://www.averycountync.gov/ourCounty.htm>Avery County</a>, was diagnosed with esophageal cancer in December 2005. He began treatment at his beloved <a href=http://www.med.unc.edu/>UNC-Chapel Hill</a> in January. He died at home about 6 p.m. Thursday, said his grandson, Jack Morton.

<a href=http://www.newsobserver.com/102/story/445816.html>Click here to read the article</a>.
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Joined: January 22nd, 2004, 5:48 am

June 3rd, 2006, 12:56 am #5

Hugh was one of a kind. Very headstrong and persistant. He was a rabid UNC fan and great photographer. He donated conservation easements on the higher elevations of the mountain to the Nature Conservancy. He fought the NPS over completing the final segment of the Blue Ridge Parkway. The NPS originally wanted a high route for the road on Grandfather Mountain. Hughs work, thank God, resulted in a lower route and the building of the Lynn Cove Viaduct. The viaduct is an amazing bridge; a precast prestressed concrete double S segmental bridge, the most complcated segmental bridge ever built.
See: http://en.structurae.de/structures/data ... D=s0004072

Everyone at the konvention should attempt to see the 4 mile section of the BRP between Beacon Heights and Pilot Ridge, which contains the viaduct. This section is 2 miles from the entrance to Grandfather Mt and is, in my opinion, the most beautiful and scenic part of the 469 mile road. The mountain is extraordinary, as was the man who owned the mountain.

BTW,(Calloway Peak, the northern most peak on the summit ridge is the Watauga and Caldwell NC county HP's)
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Joined: January 21st, 2004, 4:12 am

August 6th, 2006, 6:30 am #6

ANCHORAGE -- Four-time Iditarod champion <a href=http://www.achievement.org/autodoc/page/but0bio-1>Susan Butcher</a> died Saturday in a Seattle hospital of a reoccurrence of leukemia after a recent stem-cell transplant, her doctor said. She was 51.

Susan Butcher helped give the grueling <a href=http://www.iditarod.com>Iditarod</a> a higher national profile with her four victories in a five-year span beginning in 1986. Butcher dominated the 1,100-mile sled dog race from Anchorage to Nome in the late 1980s, bringing increased national attention to the grueling competition. She won the 1986 race to become the second female champion, added victories in 1987, '88 and '90 and finished in the top four through 1993.

"What she did is brought this race to an audience that had never been aware of it before simply because of her personality," Iditarod spokesman Chas St. George said.

She also made headlines in 1979 when she helped drive the first sled-dog team to the 20,320-foot summit of <a href=http://www.summitpost.org/mountain/rock ... html>Mount McKinley</a>, the highest peak in North America.

<a href=http://sports.espn.go.com/sports/news/s ... 1082>Click here to read the article</a>.

<a href=http://www.adn.com/news/alaska/butcher/ ... html>Click here</a> to read the article from the <a href=http://www.adn.com>Anchorage Daily News</a>.
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Joined: January 21st, 2004, 3:15 pm

January 2nd, 2007, 7:12 pm #7

Miles Luke reports that his friend Ray Scott passed away on Dec 1, 2006, after a brave 4-year battle with cancer. Ray was Miles' partner in taking care of the Louisiana highpoint.

- John M.
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Joined: August 2nd, 2001, 8:13 pm

January 2nd, 2007, 11:16 pm #8

I knew that Gerald Ford was our only Eagle Scout President, but I hadn't realized he was also a park ranger in Yellowstone Park. For more info, read this article on the Park Service web site.
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