By William Lowell Putnam
Allen Herbert Bent (1867–1926), a local of Boston, Massachusetts, began his lifetime of scholarly learn into alpinism by way of losing our of faculty — whatever yet a promising starting. quickly, notwithstanding, he started the intense examine of the heritage of mountain climbing, finally writing widely in this subject. He grew to become the 1st individual elected to the yankee Alpine membership, in the course of its days of “exclusivity,” below the “or the identical” clause of club necessities, for he used to be by no means a major alpinist — continually contenting himself with the examine of its literature.
Howard Palmer (1883–1944), a legal professional via 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 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, was once an ophthalmologist via occupation, 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 zone for a number of variants. A diligent scholar of alpine literature, he compiled a couple of scholarly researches into the historical past 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 probably the most useful goods in its museum. In 2000, the UIAA gave its first award for study 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 exceptional American literary figures, spent his whole operating occupation in a number of diplomatic capacities. among kingdom 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 tested a excessive point of acromania by way of changing into one of many in simple terms 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 climbing membership, the Appalachian Mountain membership, then the yank Alpine membership and at last the overseas organization of Alpine Societies (UIAA), and has been commemorated by way of a number of different hiking societies. His significant employment used to be in tv broadcasting, yet his middle is still within the mountains of western Canada. At this writing he's the only 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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