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Sandy Saunders

Sandy SaundersPreston Howard “Sandy” Saunders passed away at his home on July 20, 2016. He was born on April 22, 1930 to Ruth Howard Preston Saunders and Walter Mills Saunders, Jr. in Providence, Rhode Island. He worked at Pinkham, Zealand and Carter from 1946-1948
Sandy attended Phillips Andover Academy, class of 1948, Dartmouth College, class of 1952, and Harvard Law School, class of 1955. He worked for Goodwin Procter and Hoar, becoming partner in 1963. In 1998 he joined Nichols and Pratt until his retirement in 2014.
Sandy was a dedicated volunteer serving many organizations, including the Appalachian Mountain Club as President twice, a Life Trustee of the Museum of Science, Chair of The Trustees of Reservations, and a board member of the Northern Forest Center, Hale Reservation, and the New Hampshire Chapter of the Trust for Public Land. Sandy was an avid outdoorsman and conservationist who enjoyed hiking, skiing, whitewater canoeing, and travel. In addition to his wife Rebecca Bulkley Saunders, Sandy is survived by his loving daughter Katharine Grove and her husband John of Needham, his son Benjamin Saunders and his wife Desiree of Cheyenne, WY, four grandchildren, and his brother Timothy K. Saunders of Wellesley. His brother Norman W. Saunders of Portland, ME, predeceased him.
A Memorial Service will be held at a time and date to be announced. Donations in lieu of flowers may be made to: Appalachian Mountain Club, 5 Joy St., Boston, MA 02108 or the “Preston H. Saunders Family Fund” at Dartmouth College, 6066 Development Office, Hanover, NH 03755.

Becky Boothman

Becky BoothmanRebecca Ann Boothman, 69, of Randolph NH passed away in the early morning hours Sunday April 10, 2016 surrounded by close friends and family.

She was born to the late John H. (Jack) and Gwen (Shorey) Boothman October 10, 1946 in Berlin, NH.

Becky was a cook at the Appalachian Mountain Club in Pinkham Notch NH for 23 years until she her retirement, in 2010 she received the Joe Dodge award. Becky had many accomplishments and wore many hats. She made a lasting impression and impact on all those who were lucky enough to meet or get to know her. She grew up working and learning her amazing cooking skills in her family’s hotel, The Mt. Crescent House and continued on this career path working for many years at Whitney’s Inn in Jackson. For the majority of her adult life she was self-employed within her community cleaning and caretaking many of the summer cottages, running a bakery/gift shop/catering business and even caring for some of the communities’ elderly until she began her career at the AMC. As an adult she along with her family took over and operated “Boothman Sugar Orchard” from her parents. In 1999 she was one of 140 participants selected to participate in the Smithsonian Folklife Festival in Washington D.C. to represent NH as a traditional “Yankee” cook and the following year a recreation for Celebrate NH in Hopkinton. Becky was always giving of her time and was a very active member of her community; she served on the Randolph School Board for 20+ years. One of her proudest accomplishments was that she was the first female forest fire warden in NH and served in that role for 34 years. Later in life she concentrated heavily on her many knitting projects and made beautiful handmade gifts for friends and family far and wide.

Although not active for some years, Becky was a member of the Congregational church in Gorham.

Becky is survived by 3 children: Sara Ouellette of Newark, VT, Jeffrey Parker and (Maria Neal) of Randolph, NH, and Jennifer Parker of Berlin, NH. She is also survived by one granddaughter, Gwen, a sister Sara and (Greg) Glines and many nieces and nephews. She was pre deceased by her youngest sister Susan Hawkins and her step son Joseph Parker.

There will be no calling hours, a celebration of life will be held at the Randolph town hall on Saturday June 11th from 2-6 and burial will be at the Randolph Cemetery at a later date. In Lieu of flowers the family asks that donations be made in her memory to The Randolph Community Forest.

Pete Richardson

1796RICHARDSON, Peter Hughes Of Exeter, New Hampshire, formerly of Weston, Massachusetts, passed suddenly on March 12, 2016. Born on May 28, 1924 in Boston, Richardson grew up in Concord, Massachusetts and graduated from MIT in 1948 after service in the paratroopers in France in 1945. He taught science and math in high school (and built a ski jump) until he was recruited back to the MIT Admissions Office in 1964. He became the Director in 1972 and served in that role until he retired in 1984. Then, he directed the Admissions Office at the Vermont Law School for three years. In the subsequent decades he translated his lifelong love of the outdoors and determination to leave his global campsite better than he found it into activities too numerous to count but which include the Connecticut River Watershed Council, the Appalachian Trail Conference, and the Exeter Conservation Commission. He also created a trail in the woods around his retirement community in Exeter that was named Pete’s Way in a ceremony in 2013. He is survived by his wife of 70 years Corinne (Keenie) Smith Richardson and his children Marcie, Chris, Peter, and John. He adored his 12 grandchildren most of whom he took hiking and taught to ski. And then there are the 10 great grandchildren who enriched his final years. He was predeceased by his son Charley. If you choose to, please send memorial donations to either Earth Justice or the Appalachian Mountain Club.

Charlie Kellogg

Charlie Kellogg

Charlie Kellogg passed away Monday, September 21 2015. Charlie has a long history in the White Mountains, and undoubtedly many friends still reside in the valley. Charlie started working in the AMC huts as a young teenager. He was the hut master when chief Justice Douglas visited the Lakes of the Clouds Hut. Thereafter National Geographic published an article and photos about Douglas’ visit and this greatly popularized the huts.

Charlie went to the Holderness School, Williams College, and then Tuck, Dartmouth’s Business School. In 1968 he was on the U.S. Nordic Team and competed in the Olympics that year at Grenoble in the 30K and 50K events. He also won the first U.S. National Championship in biathlon, served on the U.S. Biathlon committee as a director and vice chairman and was elected to the U.S. Hall of Fame in Biathlon. He was very active in the Jackson Ski Touring Foundation.

In lieu of flowers, contributions may be sent to the Charlie Kellogg Memorial Funds at the Manchester Essex Conservation Trust, P.O. Box 1486, Manchester, MA 01944 or at the Jackson Ski Touring Foundation, P.O. Box 216, Jackson, NH 03846.

11/24/2015 update: Charlie’s ashes were scattered at Annapurna Base Camp, Nepal and a cairn put up.
Kellogg at Annapurna

Lucas Ryan Richardson

3207Lucas Ryan Richardson, 25, of Hailey, Idaho, passed away on Saturday, Sept. 12 2015, after sustaining an injury in a climbing accident in the rugged Pioneer Mountains of Idaho.

Luke was born February 10, 1990 to Peter and Stephanie Richardson in Berlin, Vt. He attended Spaulding High School in Barre, Vt., and graduated from the University of Vermont with a natural resources degree focusing on forestry.  He worked four seasons in the Appalachian Mountain Club hut system in New Hampshire, which was an integral part of his life and was where he met many hikers and formed lifelong friendships with other “croo” members. After spending the winter in the Wasatch Mountains in Utah, he moved to Idaho in the spring of 2015, where he planned to start his career as an arborist so he could work with the climbing ropes and trees he loved.

He was an avid rock climber, hiker, backcountry skier, mountain biker and trail blazer—basically all things outdoors. He inherited his outdoor passions from his dad, as he did his love of music.  Part of his job with the AMC was cooking and baking for the hundreds of hikers—a skill that Mom later enjoyed because he would come home and cook for her.  Lucas loved spending time with his family and friends. His mom and dad enjoyed hiking with him, even if he left them in the dust with Sammy, the family dog—the only hiker that could keep up with him. He was also quite competitive in croquet and ping-pong, and made every game a challenge but loads of fun.

So many things about Lucas will be missed immensely—among them, his shining smile, his laughter, his determination, his quietness, his wit.  He always brought out the strengths in other people through his encouragement and his love of sharing the outdoors with everyone.

We know that many contributed to our search-and-rescue efforts in finding Luke, but if you feel you would want to give more, in honor of Luke, you can donate in his name to the Appalachian Mountain Club at www.outdoors.org. Again, thank you to everyone for your love and support during this journey.

Bruce Blake

0206Bruce Borsum Blake, 80, passed away on Monday June 15, 2015 in Bar Harbor Maine. He was born on September 9, 1934 in Queens, New York, the son of Winchester and Elsa (Borsum) Blake.

He was married to the former Margaret Stebbins of Schenectady for 55 years prior to her passing in 2013.

Bruce grew up in New York City and graduated from Stuyvesant High School in Manhattan. He received a BS degree in Aeronautical Engineering from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute and an MS from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology the following year. During his summers in college, he worked for the Appalachian Mountain Club as a hutman (Zealand ’52, Carter ’53, Madison ’54) in the White Mountains of New Hampshire. After graduating from MIT, he joined the Vertol Aircraft Company, Morton, PA. Vertol was acquired by Boeing in 1960, where he remained for the next 37 years until his retirement. He rose through the ranks at Boeing, retiring as Director of Research and Technology. Bruce worked on all of the helicopters manufactured by Boeing in that period. After his retirement he enjoyed volunteering at the American Helicopter Museum in West Chester, PA. Bruce and Margaret visited Maine many times, fell in love with the area and decided to retire to Bar Harbor permanently. He became actively involved in the community rebuilding trails and trail signs with Friends of Acadia, driving for Island Connections and supporting the Bar Harbor Congregational Church. Bruce loved hiking, sailing, kayaking, canoeing, model railroading and all aircraft.

He was a wonderful father and grandfather who was very proud of his children and grandchildren. Bruce is lovingly remembered by his four children; Carolyn Blake and partner Carolyn Campbell of Ellsworth, William and Valerie Blake of Xenia, OH, Nancy Blake of Windham, and Jennifer and Norman La Fleur of Stratham, NH; three grandchildren and extended family and friends in the Bar Harbor community. He was predeceased by his loving wife Margaret.

Contributions in Bruce’s memory may be made to the Friends of Acadia, 43 Cottage St, Bar Harbor, ME 04609, the Appalachian Mountain Club, PO Box 16192, Hooksett, NH, 03106.

Clare O’Connell

ClareOConnellClare O’Connell, 51 of Newton, died June 1, 2015. She is survived by her husband Michael A. Collora of Newton, and two stepchildren, Rebecca Collora Buckman, New York City and Nicholas A. Collora of Brighton. Clare was one of seven children of Laurence and Frances O’Connell of Worcester who predeceased her. She is also survived by all six of her siblings, and numerous nephews and nieces. Clare was an OHA Special Member.
Until late 2013, Clare was Vice President of Resources at the Appalachian Mountain Club, and its leading fundraiser and organizational strategist for over 20 years. During her tenure, Clare oversaw unprecedented growth in AMC’s fundraising capacity, membership, and volunteer engagement. Her leadership and professional expertise combined with her enthusiasm for AMC’s mission of recreation, conservation, and outdoor education was a winning combination. Hired by and working side by side with Andy Falender (AMC President from 1988-2011), Clare built and inspired a team of staff and volunteers who together successfully raised over $100 million in capital and endowment funding while simultaneously building AMC’s Annual Fund by nearly 1000% and the membership from 30,000 to nearly 100,000 members. Her work made possible the 70,000 acre recreation corridor in Maine, the Highland Center in Crawford Notch, the rebuilding of Galehead and Madison Huts in the White Mountains, and the greatly expanded education and conservation programs.
When Clare wasn’t working at the Boston office or meeting with leaders throughout the region, she was leading hikes and ski trips in the White Mountains and in Maine’s 100-Mile Wilderness. She hiked over 40 of the 4,000 footers in New Hampshire before falling ill to cancer. At her retirement lunch one year ago, Clare spoke about her love of being outdoors, encouraging others to be active in the outdoors, and her pride in AMC’s accomplishments throughout the region, and specifically being proud of her work and leadership in AMC’s Maine Woods Initiative. Clare demonstrated passion, drive, and fun, and took an active interest in the lives of people she knew and cultivated deep and meaningful relationships with AMC colleagues, donors, and members, and was an advocate for AMC in all aspects of her life.
Clare was also active in the Wellesley Hills Congregational Church where she had been a deacon, played in its Bells group, and was active on many committees. In addition, she was an enthusiastic hiker, biker, cross country skier and boater and traveled widely with her husband. Her principal loves were her family, large network of friends and golden labs Trot and MacIntosh.
Born in Worcester, Clare graduated from Mt. Holyoke College, Class of 1986, and worked for the Danforth Art and Worcester Art Museums in the development area before moving to Boston to work at the Appalachian Mountain Club. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in her honor to the Avon Foundation’s MGH Cancer fund, or the Appalachian Mountain Club, 5 Joy Street, Boston, MA 02108
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