Celebrating 80 with IAT Founder Dick Anderson
On December 12, IAT Maine chapter members threw an 80th birthday party for IAT Founder Richard "Dick" Anderson. During the celebration, Chapter President Don Hudson announced the establishment of an endowment fund in Dick's name to support future work on the International Appalachian Trail.
(l-r) Earl Raymond, Thomas Urquhart, Eddie Woodin, Elizabeth Swain, Dick Anderson, Dave Eaton, Don Hudson & Walter Anderson
Nearly 80 friends and family from Dick's long life and career in conservation attended, including former Maine Governor Joe Brennan who met Dick 60 years ago at the University of Maine. Joe announced the creation of the IAT on Earth Day 1994, and he's hoping that the current board will consider running a side trail past his home on Munjoy Hill in Portland.
Former Maine Governor Joe Brennan (left) with Dick Anderson at a 2014 gathering
Though Dick had smoked out most of the details of the party in advance, he was surprised with one little detail! The Maine section of the IAT was officially named the Richard B. Anderson Trail. A full size version of the below plaque will be installed on a boulder at the junction of the IAT and the Loop Road on Katahdiin Woods & Waters land some time in 2015, thanks in large part to the generosity and support of Roxanne and Hannah Quimby and Lucas St. Claire.
Maine radio host Bill Green of WCSH Portland interviewed Dick in advance of the party. Listen to the interview.
For more on the story, go to the Maine Chapter website.