By William Lowell Putnam

Charles Ernest Fay (1846–1931), the “Mr. American mountain climbing” of his day, was once chairman of the assembly that ended 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 used to be elected president once again, hence changing into not just the Club’s first president but in addition 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 study into alpinism through shedding our of school — whatever yet a promising starting. quickly, despite the fact that, he started the intense examine of the heritage of hiking, eventually writing generally in this subject. He grew to become the 1st individual elected to the yank Alpine membership, in the course of its days of “exclusivity,” lower than the “or the similar” clause of club necessities, for he was once by no means a major alpinist — consistently contenting himself with the examine of its literature.
Howard Palmer (1883–1944), a attorney via education, inherited the administration of his family’s bed production company 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 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 by means of career, following within the footsteps of his father. After the top of global battle I, Roy, as he used to be 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 area for a number of variations. A diligent scholar of alpine literature, he compiled a couple of scholarly researches into the heritage of yank 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 essentially the most precious goods in its museum. In 2000, the UIAA gave its first award for examine 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 unique American literary figures, spent his whole operating profession in numerous 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 confirmed a excessive point of acromania through turning into one of many purely 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 was once elected to Honorary Membership.
William Lowell Putnam (b. 1924) has been an reputable of the Harvard climbing membership, the Appalachian Mountain membership, then the yank Alpine membership and eventually the foreign organization of Alpine Societies (UIAA), and has been venerated by way of a number of different hiking societies. His significant employment was once in tv broadcasting, yet his center is still 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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