AMC PRESENTS AWARD TO TOM DEANS

by Christian Mower on February 19, 2013

A VALLEY RESIDENT WHO BEGAN HIS CAREER WITH THE APPALACHIAN MOUNTAIN CLUB WASHING POTS AND PANS AND ENDED UP AS ITS EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR HAS BEEN AWARDED THE CLUB’S COVETED “JOE DODGE AWARD.”

AMC SPOKESPERSON LAURA HURLEY SAYS TOM DEANS WAS GIVEN THE AWARD IN LATE JANUARY, 2013 AT THE CLUB’S 137TH ANNUAL MEETING.

NAMED FOR THE CLUB’S LEGENDARY HUTS MANAGER, THE JOE DODGE AWARD IS PRESENTED EACH YEAR TO A MEMBER OF THE AMC WHO BEST EXEMPLIFIES THE TYPE OF HIGH QUALITY PUBLIC SERVICE AND MOUNTAIN HOSPITALITY THAT DISTINGUISHED DODGE’S LONG CAREER AT PINKHAM NOTCH IN THE WHITE MOUNTAINS.

DEANS WORKED FOR DODGE AT PINKHAM NOTCH IN THE 1950s WHILE IN HIS TEENS. IN 1975, AFTER WORKING AT VARIOUS POSITIONS WITHIN THE CLUB, DEANS BECAME ITS SECOND EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR, AFTER C. FRANCIS BELCHER.

UNDER DEANS’ LEADERSHIP, THE CLUB BOUGHT THE CRAWFORD NOTCH HOTEL PROPERTY, WORKED TO CHANGE THE PROPOSED I-93 CORRIDOR THROUGH FRANCONIA NOTCH TO A PARKWAY – AND PROTECTED THOUSANDS OF ACRES OF LAND IN BRETTON WOODS FROM DEVELOPMENT.

DEANS CURRENTLY SERVES ON THE NEIL AND LOUISE TILLOTSON FUND ADVISORY COMMITTEE.

FOUNDED IN 1876 AND BASED IN BOSTON, THE NON-PROFIT AMC IS THE COUNTRY’S OLDEST CONSERVATION AND RECREATION ORGANIZATION.

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