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.
“Dick was the onsite foreman for the Mizpah project in 1964. He made sure that Bruce, the architect, and the engineer’s plans all came together in the building. He supervised on site AMC croo, the CCC, and the professional carpenters and stonemasons. That must have been about 60 people at the height of the season. Since a mountain hut had not been built for decades there was no experience or plan for the job. All of that was done without one injury on a job that today would qualify as an OSHA nightmare.
Looking back at it, that was quite an accomplishment. He led by example, working 12 hour days 7 days a week.
He was a mentor to me and I will never be able to thank him enough for introducing me to the AMC and the beautiful natural scenery of the White Mountains.