Dick Hale died at home in Orland, Oct. 5, 2018, after an adventure-filled 89 years. Born Dec. 27, 1928, in Lake Placid, NY, to Edward and Marguerite Stanley Hale, he spent most of his youth on the campus of Hotchkiss School, Lakeville, Ct. He attended Salisbury and Hotchkiss schools, Hobart College, and graduated from St. Lawrence U. He served in the U.S. Army stationed in Tokyo.
Dick taught at Hotchkiss, was hutmaster at Tuckerman Ravine, spent two winters at Mt. Washington observatory; other work included ski trail crew at Aspen, cabinet builder in NH, and a lawn-care business in Castine.
Dick was a champion ski racer during and after college, winning a number of local races and a gold medal in the 1952 National Cross Country race.He was among the founding members of Great Pond Mountain Conservation Trust and worked with many environmental conservation groups.
He leaves his companion of 27 years Sharon Bray, sons Thomas and Theodore Hale and their mother Judith, and many loyal ski, kayak and hiking friends. His sister Nancy Helmers predeceased him.