By William Lowell Putnam
Allen Herbert Bent (1867–1926), a local of Boston, Massachusetts, all started his lifetime of scholarly study into alpinism via shedding our of school — something yet a promising starting. quickly, even if, he started the intense examine of the historical past of mountain climbing, eventually writing commonly in this subject. He grew to become the 1st individual elected to the yank Alpine membership, in the course of its days of “exclusivity,” below the “or the an identical” clause of club must haves, for he used to be by no means a major alpinist — constantly contenting himself with the research 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, mountain climbing AND EXPLORATION within the SELKIRKS. He served as editor of the Club’s first guidebook and a number of other versions 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 by means of occupation, following within the footsteps of his father. After the tip of global struggle I, Roy, as he used to be identified to his intimates, spent so much of his holiday time within the mountains of western Canada and served as editor of the Club’s guidebooks to that zone for numerous variations. A diligent scholar of alpine literature, he compiled a couple of scholarly researches into the background 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 yankee ALPINE magazine, and gave the membership essentially the most priceless goods in its museum. In 2000, the UIAA gave its first award for study into the historical past of alpinism below the identify of James Monroe Thorington.
After graduating from Harvard in 1942, Andrew John Kauffman (b. 1921) the son of 2 exotic American literary figures, spent his whole operating occupation in quite a few diplomatic capacities. among country 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 verified a excessive point of acromania through changing into one of many basically americans 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 legit of the Harvard climbing membership, the Appalachian Mountain membership, then the yank Alpine membership and eventually the overseas organization of Alpine Societies (UIAA), and has been venerated by means of a number of different climbing 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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A Century of American Alpinism by William Lowell Putnam