By William Lowell Putnam
Allen Herbert Bent (1867–1926), a local of Boston, Massachusetts, began his lifetime of scholarly examine into alpinism by way of shedding our of faculty — something yet a promising starting. quickly, even though, he all started the intense learn of the heritage of climbing, finally writing largely in this subject. He grew to become the 1st individual elected to the yankee Alpine membership, in the course of its days of “exclusivity,” less than the “or the an identical” clause of club necessities, for he used to be by no means a major alpinist — continually contenting himself with the learn of its literature.
Howard Palmer (1883–1944), a legal professional by means of 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, hiking AND EXPLORATION within the SELKIRKS. He served as editor of the Club’s first guidebook and several other variations of its magazine. He additionally furthered the association as its secretary, a director and as its president.
James Monroe Thorington (1894–1989), of Philadelphia, was once 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 identified to his intimates, spent so much of his holiday time within the mountains of western Canada and served as editor of the Club’s guidebooks to that area for numerous variants. A diligent pupil of alpine literature, he compiled a few scholarly researches into the historical past of yankee alpinism, served a long time 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 essentially the most priceless goods in its museum. In 2000, the UIAA gave its first award for learn into the background 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 whole operating occupation in numerous diplomatic capacities. among nation 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 eventually within the Karakoram, the place he confirmed a excessive point of acromania via turning into one of many basically americans to make the 1st ascent of an 8000 meter height. 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 legit of the Harvard hiking membership, the Appalachian Mountain membership, then the yankee Alpine membership and eventually the overseas organization of Alpine Societies (UIAA), and has been venerated by way of a number of different climbing societies. His significant employment was once in tv broadcasting, yet his center 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 wanted for the chance, humans haven't but learn his obituary.
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