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Archive for January, 2004

Susan Boothman Hawkins, 53, of Lost Nation NH died quietly at home Tuesday, January 20, 2004 after a long consuming fight with multiple myeloma. Husband Chris “Hawkeye” Hawkins was at her side. She leaves a daughter, two sons, two sisters, nieces, nephews grand nephews and a wide circle of devoted friends. Susan was a Special Member with a long and deep connection with the huts. Her paternal grandfather John Boothman Sr., built Madison and Lakes and was the founder of the Randolph Mountain Club. Sue and Honorary Member Guy Gosselin co-authored the 1998 book Among the White Hills, the Life and Times of Guy Shorey which was a detailed photographic and biographical history of her maternal grandfather’s work. Several years ago, she and Guy were the speakers at a OH winter reunion.

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Bill Belcher

Bill Belcher died January 18, 2004 in Conway, NH after battling prostate cancer for several years. He was one of a family of Belchers that worked for the Huts System. His father Charles Foochow Belcher was a Madison hutman who became the AMC’s first Executive Director. Older brothers Charlie and Jeff worked in the huts. He had several sisters Betsey MacMillan and Joan Browne who worked at Pinkham and a brother David. He leaves sons Keith, Bradley and Andrew and a daughter Kimberly.

For many years, Bill checked on the OH cabin from his home in Madison, NH and handled the food purchase for the spring reunion. As a crew member at Lakes, he was a favorite subject of Kathleen Revis Judge, the National Geographic photographer who accompanied Justice William O. Douglas through the Huts System in the summer of 1960. He spent 25 years as a salesman for Prudential Insurance, enjoyed skiing and hiking and was vice president of the North Conway Model Railroad Club

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