Robert “Shorty” Lange, 73, passed away at Copley Hospital in Morrisville, Vermont on April 1, 1999. Born in Stoneham, Mass., on May 1, 1925, he was the son of the late George A. and Mabel (Johnson) Lange. On May 12, 1967, he married the former Harriet “jackie” (Stock) Jordan in Hanover, NH.
Mr. Lange attended Kents Hill School in Maine and spent summers working in the Appalachian Mountain Club huts. He served with the 10th Mountain Division in Italy during World War II and was a Bronze Star recipient. In 1947, he participated in the 4th ascent of Mount McKinley, Known as “Operation White Tower”.
He continued his education at the University of New Hampshire, graduating in 1949, and attended graduate school at the University of Washington. An engineering geologist, he was employed at the Cold Region’s Research & Engineering Lab in Hanover, NH., for 25 years, retiring in 1974. Upon moving to Alaska, he began work for Alyeska on the Alaskan Pipeline. An avid outdoorsman, he enjoyed recreational rifle shooting, fishing and working on his metal lathe.
He is survived by his wife of Waterbury Center, a stepdaughter, 2 stepsons and numerous step-grand-children.