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Blanchard, Carlton E.
"I knew Carl Blanchard through the AMC, where I worked in their hut system in the 1960s and 70s. Carl was on the staff, and he would teach us how to cook, run a hut, keep an eye on us, and was involved in the construction projects at various huts that were always going on then. He was quite a bit older than the guys but was very friendly with everyone. To me he was one of those guys who have an understated influence when you are growing up. Without thinking about it much it gradually sneaks up on you that you could do worse than live your life the way Carl lived his. I'm sure some of the others in the huts at the time thought the same way about him. He was a great guy."
Burton, Harold B.
Conger, David E.
David Elman Conger died of cancer on Dec. 15, 2008. Dave was born in Bristow, Iowa, on May 5, 1917. Growing up during the Depression, his gun skills from age 6 contributed to keeping food on the table for his family. After he graduated from Penn State University in 1939 with a degree in forestry, his love of the mountains drew him to Sun Valley, Idaho, just prior to World War II. He returned from military service to meet and marry Sadie Augusta (Gussie) Fletchner in 1948. David was hired by Weyerhaeuser and worked 30 years for the company, moving often with Gussie while raising three children. They lived in California until Gussie's death in 1984. By coincidence, Mary Jane Griffith had met David Conger in 1942 as her archery teacher while he was employed in Sun Valley. Drawn there again after the loss of his wife, he renewed his earlier acquaintance with Mary Jane Griffith Marin in 1986, resulting in marriage in 1990. Dave was a much-loved husband, partner and friend to Mary Jane and her children. Mary Jane and Dave spent 22 exceptional years traveling, hiking and sharing active adventures when not residing at their mountain residence in Ketchum, Idaho. Dave Conger was 91 at his passing, but young at heart. Until very recently, he was walking several miles a week and enjoying the changing autumn colors at their North Fork home. The Congers traveled to Jacksonville in November where Dave and Mary Jane had a wonderful family gathering with all three of Dave's children at Thanksgiving. After this timely reunion, his health continued to decline. He was a remarkable man. He lived a life of quiet successes and made many contributions to the lives of others along the way. He seldom spoke of his service in the 10th Mountain Division in Italy during World War II, but he could show you every mountaineering knot imaginable without any reference to how he learned to tie it. David was a kind, gentle man, with a quiet presence, a beautiful smile, an incredible eye for detail, an appreciation for quality and impeccable taste. His awe for nature and wildlife was inspiring. The simplicity of life brought him great joy. Though well traveled, when asked about his trips, his first comments involved the flora and animals or birds that might have been encountered along the journey. Although nature was his beloved theater, his range of interests and expertise was broad. His eager investigation of geography, politics and history matched a hands-on ability in carpentry. David's patience with projects and people was extraordinary and he was beloved for it. His tolerance and lack of cynicism were innate. So was a wry and acute sense of humor, which, though natural for him, demanded a shrewd listener. His quick wit was rife with sarcasm at times, yet superbly funny in a fine-tuned way. His asides were always accompanied by a sly smile to see if one was aware enough to catch the humor. His optimism and goodwill took him through life gracefully, regardless of the challenges. He leaves us with not just memories but also with the desire to refine the qualities in ourselves that he so gently expressed. We have enjoyed the great privilege of having known and loved a profoundly good man. He is survived by his wife, Mary Jane Conger; three children from his previous marriage to Gussie Fletchner Conger, Brad Conger (Karen), Cynthia Robinson and Diane Conger; four grandchildren, Brad's son David Conger, Diane's sons Chris, Kellen and Kyle Kirby; five stepchildren, Jim, Corinne, Lynndee, Myra and Michael Salaka Marin; and a step-grandson, Corinne's son Carson Rutherford.
Corbett, Alfred H.
Alfred Corbett was born in Portland Oregon in 1915. He received his BS from Harvard University and his LL.B. from Yale University. He was admitted to the Bar in 1940. Out of law school he worked for the firm Koemer, Young, McColloch & Dezendorf. During World War II he served for two years as a sergeant in Mountain Troops (a combat support unit).
After the War Corbett was the first Commissioner of the Portland Housing Authority, and in 1951 he became Assistant General Counsel to the Defense Electrical Power Administration in Washington DC. He received "superior job performance" ratings and "exceptional service awards" within the agency.
Corbett was elected Oregon State Representative in 1956, and later State Senator, and he served in that capacity until 1965. During that time he was Chairman of the oversight committee having responsibility for the entire budget for the State of Oregon.
For OEO/LSP Corbett designed the basic grant procedures that were used by the agency to fund and monitor the legal services programs. In 1967 he became Director of the Operation Division of Community Action Program of the OEO, and in 1968 he became Deputy Associate Director for Program Policy of the CAP. In 1969 he was Director of the Budget & Fiscal Management Division. In his nine years with OEO he served in other pioneering capacities. He worked with Senior Staff and Policy officials in developing policy, as well as evaluating program and coordinating nation-wide programs with various regional offices.
In 1974, within the Legal Services Corporation, Corbett became Chairman of the Project Review Board, his job to review applications for funding and refunding of all (263) LSC funded programs. In 1976 he became Director of Program Planning in the Corporation and worked on the annual report. In July 1977 he announced his retirement, effective in September of the same year.Galaher, Robert B. See biography here.
Kappler, Jack T.
Jack T. KAPPLER Jack was born in West Seattle in 1916 to Margaret and Walter Kappler. He died peacefully on May 24, 2011. He attended O'Dea High School and graduated from Franklin High School. He attended Seattle University for a short time during the Depression, but joined the work force where he taught first aid and safety for the Boeing Company preceding his enlisting in the Army during WWII. Jack had an early interest in fishing and would spend the day fishing at the Fauntleroy Ferry Dock when he was five years old. On the morning of September 13, 1938 Jack was fishing in Elliot Bay and caught what is believed to be the largest salmon ever caught in the bay on sporting tackle. The 52 and half pound fish being held by Jack was pictured on Les Davis tackle for decades. As proud as was of his record catch he was always hoping for the return of the salmon fishery and to have his record repeatedly broken. Jack was an early member of the International Sportsmen's Club that was formed when his Japanese-American fishing friends were not allowed to join the other fishing clubs in Seattle. He started skiing when riding the train to Hyak was a popular way to get to the slopes. Jack was in the first group of skiers in the state to be trained and admitted to the National Ski Patrol. Because of his work and training with ski patrol and job at Boeing, he was selected to join the 10th Mountain Division after completing basic training at Fort Lewis. He trained troops in the US to ski, climb, function in winter conditions and the one skill he never wished to use after the warâ€"to pack mules. He was part of a training and reconnaissance group that trained Allied troops in Italy and provided technical guidance on the best routes for the troops heading into the Italian Alps. It was on the ski slopes that Jack met his future wife, Evelyn. Evelyn worked for the Boeing Company during the war and they were married in 1946. They had three sons. They first lived in Seattle, later Bellevue and then retired to the Magnolia neighborhood of Lawton Wood. Jack started curling in the 1950s in Ballard, then helped build the curling rink in north Seattle and was a life member of the Granite Curling Club. He helped build the Penguin Ski Club lodge at Stevens Pass. He volunteered several thousand hours at the University Medical Center and Fred Hutchinson. He is survived by sons Chris (Laura Newcomb) of Seattle and David (Ann Fletcher) of Issaquah, granddaughters Elizabeth McNally of Seattle and Sarah Kappler of Brooklyn, NY. He was preceded in death by son Dennis of San Juan Island, sisters Margaret Shanahan and Helen Adams.His brother, best friend, and decades-long business partner at Mount Baker Cleaners, Walt Kappler, also preceded Jack in death. The family wants to extend a special thanks to Suad Abdella of Club 24 for the years of loving care she provided both Evelyn and Jack. Friends and family are welcome to attend an open house in his honor on Saturday July 9th at the family home in Lawton Wood anytime between noon and 4 PM. For more information you may contact David at 425-652-2753. Remembrances are suggested to a charity of your choice.
Published in The Seattle Times on June 26, 2011
Lawson, John H.
Legere, Aurele "Bill"
A child ski jumping phenomenon in Maine, he was devoted to jumping throughout his life -- he built and maintained the local ski jumps in his hometown of Rumford.
After the war, Aurele Legere married Marylou Terrell, and raised four children--his daughter June of NY and Fla., son Bill of Alaska and daughter Shellie of Cambridge, MA. He returned to his hometown of Rumford, Maine where he took over the family hardware buisness which he ran until the mid-eighties with his brother Oscar Leger.
He remained a skier until his death in May of 1998 at the age of 80. His love of ski-jumping never waned. He vounteered literally thousands of hours to the local ski-jumping association, and coached many young men and women in the sport. He was a judge in the 1980 Olympics at Lake Placid. His maintenance and vigilant repair of the local jump resulted in its being named the Aurele William Legere Jump. He received many awards in his life recognizing his contribution to the sport, and was inducted into the ski-jumpers hall of fame in 1995. He was also inducted into the Maine Sports Hall of Fame posthumously, in 1999.
He is survived by his three children, seven grandchildren, and 10 great-grandchildren.
Patterson, Gordon K.
Weldon, Robert K.
BROOMHALL, WENDALL B.
(87-A): Manager, Rumford ski area, ME; member, U.S. Olympic ski teams, 1948 and 1952; member, U.S. National Ski Hall of Fame.
Broomhall, Armstrong to be Honored by Havoline Star Award
Park City, UT (Friday, October 19, 2001) - Wendall "Chummy" Broomhall, a two-time Olympian from Rumford, Maine, (has been) named as finalists for the 2001 Havoline Star Award. The Havoline Star Award recognizes U.S. Ski and Snowboard Team alumni who have given back to their communities in meaningful ways by employing the same passion and energy they used to become a national team member.
Broomhall is honored for his volunteer work to further the sport of cross-country skiing. A member of the U.S. Ski Team from 1947-1954, he represented the U.S. at the Olympic Winter Games in 1948 and 1952. Broomhall will be honored Oct. 19 at the New England Ski Ball at the Fairmont Copley Plaza Hotel in Boston.
Since 1936, Broomhall has been a member of the Chisholm Ski Club, during which time he has been technical adviser, chief of race, and chief of course for many national and international events including the 1960 Olympic Winter Games in Squaw Valley, CA and the 1980 Olympic Winter Games in Lake Placid, NY.
In 1951, Broomhall co-founded the Junior Chisholm Ski Club for youngsters in grades 5 through 8, and coached the cross-country skiers until 1978. During his coaching career Chummy helped produce a number of state and national champions, as well as 3 Olympians including Jack Miller.
Over the years, Broomhall has donated some 300 acres of land to the Chisholm Ski Club for the development of cross-country ski trails. In 1997, he had permanent easements legally set up to protect the lands for recreational and competitive skiers to enjoy in perpetuity.
"Chummy was an easy choice to receive this award, based on his long-term commitment to making his community a better place to live," said Polly Rua, Havoline representative. "We applaud Chummy for his hard work and accomplishments in developing and preserving a world-class ski area which will be enjoyed for generations."
"When I made the Olympic Team in 1952, I was married with three children and didn't know how I would be able to afford to go. The ski club, which always sponsored our events, not only paid my expenses, but took care of my family while I was away," said Broomhall. "I guess it was payback time."
Broomhall, who turns 82 on Dec. 3, hasn't stopped.
"I've never wanted to make a living from skiing. I just made it my hobby. I owed the ski club and I found I was having more fun doing what I was doing," he explained, "than trying to make money out it. I'm fortunate that I can be involved with something I love while giving others the opportunity to enjoy the sport. 98 percent of what we raise goes back into the operation."Historic Olympic Nordic trails get makeover 01/26/2002
During the 1960 Winter Olympics at Squaw Valley, Calif., some of the world's best Nordic skiers came to compete on specially designed trails in Tahoma, Calif., on Lake Tahoe's West Shore. But after the 1960 games, the trails were abandoned. Mother Nature took over, and they faded into oblivion.
Fast-forward to 1999, when David Antonucci, a retired engineer, uncovered a portion of the trails in his Tahoma back yard. He was so intrigued that he launched an effort to restore the Olympic trails and create a year-round public recreation facility. Now, about 15 percent, or 10 kilometers, of the 65 kilometers of trails are accessible. The remainder are expected to be completed by 2005.
The 1960 Olympic Nordic Trails are rolling, single lane parallel tracks that stretch from the area that is now Sugar Pine Point State Park to Homewood Mountain Resort. The trails, on both private and public land, are considered to be the first cross-country ski area in the United States. They were designed by former U.S. Olympian Wendall "Chummy" Broomhall and Dartmouth ski team coach Allison Merrill.
The trails hosted the first-ever biathlon competition, a 20-kilometer ski and shoot racecourse looping through the terrain of Tahoma and Homewood, Calif.
Earlier this month, the community celebrated Olympic Trails History Days with a reunion of the 1960 Winter Olympic Nordic athletes and officials.
For information, contact the Olympic Trails Organizing Committee at www.olympictrails.org. To donate funds, Olympic artifacts and memorabilia, contact Mr. Antonucci at 530-525-5410.
DUKE, PAUL E.
(87-K&L, MTG): Ski instructor, Stowe and big Bromley, VT, Aspen and winter Park, CO; civilian instructor, Mountain & Cold Weather Training Command, Camp Carson, CO; area manager, Ski Bowl at Government Camp, OR, Red Lodge Mountain, MT, and Breckenridge Ski Corp., CO; coach/coordinator for 1962 and 1968 U.S. National Biathlon ski teams.
(87-E): Ski instructor, Sun Valley, ID; designer/manufacturer of Goodman Release Binding.
(87-E): Ski instructor, Sun Valley, ID. Alpine World Champs Team: 1946,50
LIMMER, FRANCIS X
(86-A): Third-generation ski boot manufacturer, NH. See article here.
LINK, HAZEL E. "Ed"
(10th Recon): Director, U.S. Army Recreation Center, Garmisch, Germany; developer, Crystal Mountain, WA; U.S. Olympic Alpine events official; U.S. FIS delegate; winner of numerous national and international titles in Senior competition. Al Mundt met Ed Link briefly in Japan in 1952 and said Ed was a Colonel in the army at that time.
Ed (Hazel E.) Link, an AAC member since 1945, died of cancer in Seattle on April 14, 1989. He was 74. Hiking and skiing trips with his Boy Scout troop provided Ed’s first mountain experiences when he was in his early teens. Later, with friends from scouting, he began to explore the summits of these mountain ranges. Ed was one of America’s skiing pioneers. A member of the Sahale Ski Club in the 30s, he was an active competitor in races sponsored by it and other early ski and outdoor clubs, including the legendary Silver Skis Race from Camp Muir to Paradise on Mount Rainier.
During his military career, he made significant contributions to mountaineering and skiing. Here his path crossed or joined for a time that of many members from those communities. Drafted into the Army in 1941, he was commissioned as a second lieutenant in 1942 and served in a tank unit commanded by General George S. Patton. Because of his background, he was reassigned to the 87th Mountain Infantry Regiment. He was soon in charge of a succession of climbing and skiing schools at Mount Rainier, Mount Hale, Colorado, and Seneca Rocks, West Virginia.
In 1943, he commanded an American detachment to the Mountain School Central Mediterranean Forces in Italy. He served with the 10th Mountain Division from 1944 through to the end of the war. In 1945 he was the Winter Sports Officer for the European Theater, establishing winter sports programs for U.S. occupation troops. While in Italy, he climbed a new route on the Gran Sasso and made the first ascent of Corno Piccolo. After leaving the service as a major in 1947, he worked as a civilian sports director for the Army’s Garmisch Recreation Center. In 1948, he provided skiing expertise for CBS radio coverage of the St. Moritz Olympics.
Ed was recalled to active duty in 1951 and placed in charge of rock-climbing training at Fort Carson, Colorado. As a lieutenant colonel, he saw tours of duty in Korea and in Japan, where he established the Mountain and Cold Weather Training Command. He also coordinated the preparation and publishing of the U.S. Army Skiing Manual. Ed returned to the Alps in 1958 and climbed the Matterhorn. After four years of ROTC work at the Wentworth Military Academy, Wentworth, Missouri, he spent a year as a military advisor in South Vietnam. In 1962, Ed received what was to be his last military assignment as deputy post commander of the Yakima Firing Center. Here he was able to resume mountaineering and skiing, not only recreationally, but also as an instructor and a competitor, in the mountains of his youth.
Immediately after Ed’s retirement from the military in 1966, Governor Dan Evans (AAC) selected him for the position of Washington State Civil Defense Director with the additional responsibility of supervising the establishment of a state-wide search-and-rescue program. From 1968 to 1980, he was president and general manager of the Crystal Mountain Ski Resort; he helped bring a World Cup event there in 1972. Ed continued to be active in ski racing in retirement. He served as technical director for FIS World Cups, taught FIS technical delegate symposia, was a three-time national champion in veteran racing and placed in international competition. He received numerous recognitions from ski professional organizations.
Ed is survived by his wife Eddi (Edna), two sisters and a brother, three daughters, a son from a previous marriage and two grandchildren. His son Robert climbed Kangchenjunga in 1989.
METZGER, ELDON C.
(MTG): Civilian instructor, Mountain & Cold Weather Training Command, Camp Carson, CO.
PIEREN, ALFRED F. "FREDDY"
(86-Hq-1): Ski instructor, Sun Valley, ID: ski design consultant for Head, Voit and Olin ski manufacturing companies; earl developer of mechanical waxing/buffing equipment for wooden skis.
Freddy Pieren was Swiss. It seems his father may have been the first Swiss Mountain guide to be officially Certified, and that Freddy was certified as a guide and ski instructor at a very young age. He was from EdelBoden Switzerland as was his wife Frida.
Later Freddy Pieren was well known in Sun Valley. There is a plaque there with the names of fellows from the 10th who contributed to the growth of skiing in Sun Valley after the war.
"I had the pleasure of travelling with Freddy to Sun Valley in Feb. '86. The 10th Mtn. Division was presenting a brass plaque now mounted on a granite stone near the Lodge and toward the Shopping Center. We were not aware of the presentation until we arrived. There was also a race in which Freddy, Martin Fopp and Alf Engen participated. It was the over 75 group. They finished- Fopp, Engen and Pieren in that order. I don't remember any of the "also ran" participants. Fopp was from Tacoma, WA and his wife was also a fine racer. Fopp and Freddy had competed against each other as kids in Switzerland when they lived in neighboring Cantons. We had a most enjoyable week. I learned that Freddy had left Camp Hale about a year before we went to Italy. I know that some of the MTG went to W. Va. to teach rock climbing. One of these men, Rolf Pundt, was, I believe, originally from Austria. I climbed with him after the war when we were both members of the Sierra Club. He died when struck by lightning climbing in the Bugaboos. After W. Va. I think they went to Europe. He probably was with your father. It sounded as he did the same thing as your Dad was doing with the OSS, or CIC. Freddy was an enthusiastic, friendly man, with sparkling blue eyes, that turned on whenever we talked of skiing.
You may know that he and his wife Frida, ran the rental shops at Sun Valley for several years. He then joined Howard Head and created the Head 360 ski, in my opinion, one of the best all around skis we have ever had. Apparently Voit Sporting Goods flirted with the idea of making ski equipment and hired Freddy, but they aborted their plans shortly after and Freddy joined OLIN and stayed with them for the remainder of his working life. I remember meeting a lovely lady at Sun Valley while with Freddy. She was the wife of the late Chmn. of the Board of Olin, and clearly showed that Freddy and Frida were a couple of their favorite people.
The day after that race at Sun Valley, we were having breakfast at the Western Cafe in Ketchum. Martin Fopp came in shortly after and he and Freddy had a most animated conversation about their skiing in Switzerland and their lives. Neither one of these men were very big in stature, but their love of life and each other was very apparent. They must have talked for an hour and a half, and when Freddy returned to our table he expressed deep concern for Martin, who had complained of "terrible knee problems". We hastened to ask him, "Who won the race yesterday"?? He scratched his head and may have realized his gullibility.
PRINGSHEIM, PETER E.
(MTG): Ski show owner, New York City and Vermont.
RASOR, HERBERT J.
(87-C, 85-A MTG): Civilian instructor, Mountain & Cold Weather Training Command, Camp Carson, CO. Following discharge, he remained working in a civilian capacity training troops at the Mountain Warfare Training Center, Colorado Springs. He was an avid mountaineer, skier, flim maker and bicyclist. Died Portland Oregon November 2005
SORENSEN, HARALD "POP"
(87-B): Director, ski jumping school, Winter Park, CO; jumping coach, U.S. Olympic Team, 1952, and FIS Team, 1950; member, Colorado and U.S. National Ski Halls of Fame.
WILSON, RICHARD M.
(85-M): Ski instructor, Berthoud Pass CO; 1948-50; managing editor, National Skiing, 1950-54; editor, The Blizzard, 1986-92; member, National Ski Patrol and Denver metropolitan ski patrol; independent marketing/public relations consultant to ski resort management, 1960-65; volunteer publicity/public relations for National Handicapped Sports Association; board member, New England Ski Museum.
WREN, GORDON (87-E):
Manager Loveland Basin, CO, Steamboat Springs, CO, and Jackson Hole, WY, ski areas; member U.S. Olympic Ski Team 1948, and U.S. FIS Team, 1950; director/coach, junior ski program, Reno, NV; member, U.S. National and Colorado Ski Halls of Fame. Gordon Wren was the only American to qualify for four Olympic skiing events; placed second in combined jumping and fifth in special jumping at the 1948 Winter Games in St. Moritz, Switzerland, he chose to remove himself from the slalom and downhill events because he wanted to concentrate on the Nordic events; first American ski jumper to break the 300-foot mark; member of National Ski Hall of Fame and Colorado Sports Hall of Fame. Some feel Gorden Wren was probably the best all round skier the U.S. ever produced. Died of cancer. Steamboat Springs, Colo., November 25, 1999