Appalachian Trail Hall of Fame Inductees for 2015

Published May 5, 2015

Gene Espy Display at Appalachian Trail Museum ~~ Photograph by Robert Sutherland

Gene Espy Display at the Appalachian Trail Museum ~~ Photograph by Robert Sutherland

For the fifth consecutive year, the Appalachian Trail Hall of Fame will induct new members who have distinguished themselves as uniquely valuable members of the Appalachian Trail community.

The honorees in the 2015 class of Appalachian Trail Hall of Fame:

  • Nestell K. "Ned" Anderson of Sherman, Connecticut
  • Margaret C. Drummond of Atlanta, Georgia
  • Stanley A. Murray of Kingsport, Tennessee and
  • Raymond H. Torrey of New York City, New York.

These Appalachian Trail Hall of Fame honorees will be inducted at the annual Appalachian Trail (AT) Hall of Fame Banquet at the Allenberry Resort in Boiling Springs, PA, on Friday, June 5, 2015.

You are invited to attend.

Our friends with the Appalachian Trail Museum provided the biographies of this year's inductees.

The 2015 Class of Appalachian Trail Hall of Fame

Nestell K. "Ned" Anderson

Ned Anderson was a quiet dairy farmer living in Sherman, Connecticut, who spearheaded the building of the Constitution State's leg of the AT extending along its northwest corner. An avid outdoorsman, Anderson took an immediate interest in the trail after meeting trail pioneers Judge Arthur Perkins and Myron Avery in 1929. By 1930, Avery and Perkins had given Anderson the responsibility for creating the 70-mile route of the AT in the state. He personally mapped and built much of the AT in Connecticut.

The energetic Avery was very taken with the unassuming farmer and the two became friends. It has been said that it was impossible to dislike Ned Anderson. Whenever Avery came to Connecticut, he stayed and hiked with the Andersons.

On several occasions when disputes arose between spirited Trail leaders like Avery and others, Ned served as the peacemaker. Not only did Anderson lay out the route of the AT in Connecticut, for a time he was the sole maintainer. After a time, he organized a Boy Scout troop in Sherman to help maintain the trail. Anderson also organized the Housatonic Trail Club in 1932. He was appointed to the ATC Board of Managers in 1935, retiring in 1948 because of health issues. Ned died in 1967 at the age of 79.

Grandma Gatewood Display at Appalachian Trail Museum ~~ Photograph by Robert Sutherland

Grandma Gatewood Display at Appalachian Trail Museum ~~ Photograph by Robert Sutherland

Margaret C. Drummond

Margaret Drummond is remembered by many for her contributions to the AT, both in the state of Georgia and nationally. In addition to her official responsibilities, many AT leaders credit Margaret with significant mentoring and encouragement.

During her leadership on the Georgia Appalachian Trail Club's board from 1968 to 1983, GATC significantly expanded its management capabilities.

Margaret also served on the ATC Board for 26 years, including six years as vice chair for the Southern Region and six years as chair of the board. It was an exciting time when ATC's responsibilities were increasing. Margaret helped keep the volunteer aspect of Trail management at the forefront, while also emphasizing the importance of ATC as the Trail's unifying umbrella organization.

She was also volunteer editor of ATC's North Carolina/Georgia guidebook for 20 years. In addition to her AT work and her "day job" as chair of the microbiology department at Emory University, she was instrumental in founding the Benton MacKaye Trail Association. Margaret received the highest honors from GATC, ATC and the US Forest Service. She was a consensus builder and staunch advocate of the cooperative management system underlying the unique public-private partnership that sustains the Appalachian Trail. Margaret Drummond passed away in April, 2015 at age 92.

Stanley A. Murray

While serving as board chair of ATC for 14 years, Stan Murray played a major role in getting the National Trails System Act passed in 1968. The NTSA established the Appalachian and Pacific Crest National Scenic Trails and authorized a national system of trails to provide additional outdoor recreation opportunities and to promote the preservation of access to the outdoor areas and historic resources of the nation.

Stanley was president of the Southern Appalachian Highlands Conservancy for 11 years, and was later named its first executive director. The SAHC acquired thousands of acres of the majestic mountains along the border of North Carolina and Tennessee through which the AT passes. He also led the Tennessee Eastman Hiking Club's 74-mile relocation of the AT from its original route on roads and valleys to the present spectacular route through the Highlands of Roan.

Murray was one of the first advocates of the greenway concept, which led to the present trail corridor through which the AT passes. He led ATC's move to a permanent headquarters facility in Harpers Ferry and hiring a full time executive director and other important staff positions. Stan Murray passed away in 1990 at age 67.

Raymond H. Torrey

After Benton MacKaye wrote his famous article proposing an Appalachian Trail, it was Raymond Torrey who first launched the effort that led to a 2,000-mile trail.

Torrey was born in Massachusetts in 1888 and was a newspaper journalist all his adult life, most famously with The New York Post. He was an outdoorsman and became known for his popular column, "The Long Brown Path." It was Torrey who, in 1922, first called to public attention MacKaye's then-obscure article in the AIA Journal the year before. This came to the attention of General Manager of the Palisades Interstate Park William Welch. Welch urged Torrey to use the column to help create and organize the hiking clubs in New York to help build paths in the park.

With typical enthusiasm, Torrey far exceeded Welch's request, personally organizing volunteers, scouting proposed trails and heading the crews that built the trails. His first effort, the Ramapo-Dunderberg Trail, became, in 1923, the very first section of the Appalachian Trail. Torrey helped organize the New York-New Jersey Trail Conference, the principal organization to begin work on the Appalachian Trail in New York and New Jersey.

Torrey was one of the key organizers behind the Appalachian Trail Conference, and was on the first board of managers, where he served on the executive committee and later as treasurer. In that role he worked closely with Myron Avery, although the relationship was not entirely harmonious. Raymond sought to carry out Benton MacKay's vision of a wilderness AT, and opposed a proposal to route the Trail on the Skyline Drive in the Shenandoahs. He continued to promote the AT until his untimely death from a heart attack in 1938.

Previous Appalachian Trail Hall of Fame Inductees

Appalachian Trail Museum ~~ Photograph by Robert Sutherland

Appalachian Trail Museum ~~ Photograph by Robert Sutherland

Four classes have previously been elected to the AT Hall of Fame.

The Charter Class, elected in 2011, was comprised of:

  • Myron Avery
  • Gene Espy
  • Ed Garvey
  • Benton MacKaye
  • Arthur Perkins and
  • Earl Shaffer.

Members of the 2012 class were:

  • Emma "Grandma" Gatewood
  • David A. Richie
  • J. Frank Schairer,
  • Dr. Jean Stephenson and
  • Major William Adams Welch.

The 2013 Class honorees were:

  • Ruth Blackburn
  • David Field
  • David Sherman
  • David Startzell and
  • Everett (Eddie) Stone.

Inductees in 2014 were:

  • A. Rufus Morgan
  • Charles R. Rinaldi
  • Clarence S. Stein and
  • Pamela Underhill.

Hall of Fame Banquet Details

Chair of the Appalachian Trail Hall of Fame Selection Committee Jim Foster, said a 6 PM reception will precede the 7 PM dinner on Friday, June 5, 2015.

The cost of the reception and dinner is $30 for museum members and $40 for others.

Click Here for Hall of Fame Banquet Information

The Appalachian Trail Hall of Fame

Appalachian Trail Hall of Fame inductees are honored in the Appalachian Trail Museum, which has had approximately 29,800 visitors from throughout the United States and 18 other countries since it opened in Pine Grove Furnace State Park in June 2010. Located near the midway point of the 2,189-mile-long Appalachian Trail, the museum is across from the Pine Grove General Store on Pennsylvania Route 233.

The Appalachian Trail Museum

The Appalachian Trail Museum Society is a 501-C-3 not-for-profit organization formed in 2002, that organizes programs, exhibits, volunteers and fundraising nationwide for the Appalachian Trail Museum. The museum opened on June 5, 2010, as a tribute to the thousands of men, women and families who have hiked and maintained the 2189-mile long hiking trail that passes through 14 states from Maine to Georgia.

Located in the Pine Grove Furnace State Park in Gardners, Pennsylvania, the museum is conveniently near Carlisle, Gettysburg and Chambersburg, PA.

Click Here for the Appalachian Trail Museum

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