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.

‘Stonewall’ diZerega

Alfred Lubaugh Bernier diZerega III (Buddy) died at home on June 24, 2015. He was 88 years old. He was born at Rock Spring Farm on Loudoun Street in Leesburg Virginia on July 8 1926, the son of Alfred L.B. diZerega II of Aldie and Lucy Harrison diZerega of Leesburg.

After graduation from Fishburne Military School in 1944 he enlisted immediately in the US Navy serving over 2 years until the WW2 demobilization in 1947.

He served as Gunner’s Mate in the Pacific on board a troop ship and was briefly assigned ashore in the Philippines as a PBY4Y2 patrol plane waist gunner/ aerial photographer. During that time he documented the airborne assault of Manila. He earned the National Defense, American Campaign, Asiatic/Pacific and WW2 Victory Medals.

He had a lifelong love of aviation. After discharge from the Navy he earned his private pilot license. He logged over 1000 flight hours. He was a member of the aviation fraternal society, Quiet Bird Men.

He married Mary Porter Evans in 1946. That marriage ended in divorce. Their daughter Alice diZerega (Slingo) lives in Wheat Ridge, Colorado. Alice’s son, Michael Alfred Burrows is now 28. He and his wife Amanda live in Covington OH. Buddy’s only great-grandchild, Madlelyn Grace Burrows, was born in 2013

In 1957 he married Janet Uhl Rodgers. That marriage ended in divorce. However, he adopted his step son, Rick. Rick diZerega is a Life Member of the both the Leesburg Volunteer Fire Company and the Loudoun County Volunteer Rescue Squad. Buddy was honored to have been inducted as a Honorary Member of the Leesburg Volunteer Fire Company for his years of dedicated support of the fire company.

His older sisters Florence (Ashbrook) and Lucy (Rich) died several years ago. His younger sister, Agnes (Di Cook) lives in the family home at Rock Spring. He is also survived by a large number of nephews, nieces and cousins from both the Harrison and diZerega branches of the family.

After WWII Buddy started in the building industry in Colorado returning to Leesburg in 1958 to Barber and Ross’ packaged home division. Starting in the 60’s and continuing to his death, he developed both commercial and residential properties in Loudoun County.

Buddy was interred at Union Cemetery in a service conducted by Rev Thomas Simmons of St Peters Episcopal Church, Purcellville at 1PM on Wednesday, July 8. After the service his friends and relatives were welcomed at his birthplace, Rock Spring Farm, 329 Loudoun St SW to celebrate his life.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to the Leesburg Volunteer Fire Department
PO Box 2377, Leesburg, VA 20177.

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

Connie Crooker

Constance Emerson “Connie” Crooker, 68, author of Melanoma Mama and co-author of Doc Jackson’s Letters Home: A Combat Medic’s 1968 Letters from Vietnam, died Friday morning, April 10, 2015 at her home.

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Born July 23, 1946 in Portland, Maine, the daughter of the late Rev. Charles W. Crooker and Elizabeth (MacGregor) Crooker Bates. She received her B.A. from Reed College and her J.D. from Lewis and Clark Law School.

She established a criminal defense practice focusing on the Hispanic community and led efforts in Oregon to professionalize the use of interpreters in the courts. Connie also was the first woman in Oregon to contract with the state to run a Public Defenders office, serving the community of Tillamook for many years.

Upon her retirement Connie avidly pursued her wide array of interests, including skiing, hiking, camping, dancing, singing and playing the guitar. Connie also relished foreign travel and languages. One of her passions was writing and she wrote and published several books including, Melanoma Mama in which she shares her experiences on a cross-country, solo tent camping trip to celebrate her unexpected reprieve from ongoing cancer treatments and Doc Jackson’s Letters Home: A Combat Medic’s 1968 Letters from Vietnam which releases on April 30, 2015, the 40th anniversary of the end of the Vietnam “conflict.”

Survivors include her three siblings and their spouses, Carol and Deane Farnsworth, of Venice, Florida; Charles and Adrian Crooker, of Stoughton, Massachusetts and Catherine Crooker and Griff O’Brien, of Hillsboro, Oregon, and numerous nieces and nephews.

The family suggests that remembrances may be contributions to Melanoma Cancer Research, Providence Portland Medical Foundation, 4805 NE Glisan Street, Portland, Oregon 97213, or to Reed College at reed.edu.

William Lowell Putnam

putnamWilliam Lowell Putnam, III (“Bill”) died December 20, 2014 in Flagstaff AZ at the age of 90. Putnam was a prominent alpinist, broadcaster, and, for 26 years, Sole Trustee of the Lowell Observatory in Flagstaff, AZ founded by his great uncle Percival Lowell.

Bill Putnam was born in Springfield, Massachusetts on October 25, 1924, the third of six children born to Roger and Caroline Putnam. While studying geology at Harvard, he volunteered to fight in World War II, enlisting as a private and joining the elite 10th Mountain Division, a specialized ski unit trained to fight in mountainous and arctic conditions. He served in both the Aleutian and Italian campaigns, rising to the rank of first lieutenant. He was awarded two Purple Hearts for injuries sustained and earned the Silver and Bronze Stars for gallantry in action.

After the war ended, Putnam returned to Harvard to finish his schooling in geology and then briefly taught geology at Tufts University. In September, 1951 Bill married Joan Faith Fitzgerald. The couple’s second child, William Lowell Putnam IV (Lowell) was born in 1954 and in 2013 succeeded his father as Sole Trustee of Lowell Observatory.

Putnam WWLP-TVMoving back to Springfield, Bill turned his attention to television. In 1953, he founded WWLP, Springfield’s first TV station and the first licensed UHF television station in the United States. He made the station a leader in the community by showcasing a variety of local events including the Holyoke St. Patrick’s Day Parade. He added stations in Dayton, Ohio and Salt Lake City, Utah in the years that followed before selling the corporation in 1980s. For his pioneering efforts, Putnam was inducted into the Broadcasting Hall of Fame in 2001.

Noted for his involvement in the community, Putnam was recognized with the William Pynchon Award and by the National Conference for Community and Justice. He led the rebirth of Forest Park as a noted recreational destination through his work as a Commissioner of the Parks in Springfield. More recently he helped lead fundraising for the restoration of the Campanile.

While making a name for himself in the broadcasting world, Putnam also became prominent in mountaineering circles. He made several first ascents and exploratory expeditions in the Selkirk Mountains of British Columbia, establishing himself as a distinguished American climber. He served as president of the American Alpine Club and vice president and council member of the International Mountaineering and Climbing Federation (UIAA). Putnam edited Canadian Rockies climbing guidebooks for years and in 2002, an alpine hut in the Selkirk Mountains was renamed the Bill Putnam Hut in his honor. Locally, he was known for a variety of successful mountain rescue efforts of stranded climbers in the White Mountains of New Hampshire.

Bill was an OH Special Member, Mt. Washington Observatory trustee, the author of the Joe Dodge biography and regular organizer of the OH Spring Brawl game.

Bill later took up writing and authored a score of books about a variety of topics, including mountain climbing, Lowell Observatory history, his wartime adventures, his recollections of the early days of WWLP-TV, railroads, merchant ships of World War I, and freedom of the press.

After retiring from broadcasting, Putnam assumed the Trusteeship of Lowell Observatory from his brother Michael. Bill would hold this position for 26 years, retiring in 2013. During his years at Lowell, Putnam significantly expanded the visitor program by spearheading the construction of a new visitor center in 1994. On the research side, he worked closely with then-director Robert Millis in developing and realizing a vision of a major modern facility, the Discovery Channel Telescope. In one of his final significant acts as trustee, Putnam guaranteed the construction of a new library and repository, the Putnam Collection Center, which opened in June, 2014.

Putnam and his second wife, Kathryn Elizabeth Putnam (“Kitty”), made significant philanthropic contributions. In Flagstaff, some of the recipients of their patronage included the Flagstaff Symphony Orchestra, United Way of Northern Arizona, and the Flagstaff Festival of Science. Because of his long record of philanthropy in the community, Bill was honored with Flagstaff’s Viola Legacy Award in 2013, given annually to a citizen for lifetime contributions to the arts and/or sciences in the Flagstaff area.

Putnam is survived by his children Katherine Putnam (Timothy Delaney), Lowell Putnam (Kim) and Erica Broman (Christopher Millette); stepchildren Karen Talbot (David) and Morgan Broman (Amy Dale) his brothers Roger and Michael Putnam, his sisters Anna Lowell Tomlinson and Polly Chatfield; and grandchildren and step grandchildren Eleanor (Nell) Putnam-Farr (Brendan Nelson), Keith Putnam Delaney, Margaret Putnam Delaney; Sara and Jennifer Putnam; Hale Alexander Talbot (Aki Kamozawa), Meredith Studioso (Brian), Russell Dale Broman; Graham and Flynn Vickowski and assorted nieces, nephews and great-grandchildren

A memorial service will be held at the Barney Carriage House at Forest Park in Springfield, MA on Saturday, December 27 from 1-3 p.m.

In lieu of flowers, the family asks that donations be made to any of these organizations:
• Roger and Caroline Putnam Scholarship, Holyoke Community College Foundation, 303 Homestead Ave., Holyoke, MA 01040
• Mount Washington Observatory, P.O. Box 2310, North Conway, NH 03860
• Lowell Observatory, 1400 W. Mars Hill Rd., Flagstaff, AZ 86001