Where are they now? The Outing Club lets out a secret

By Diana Bean ’81


When we came across this photo in the 1963 yearbook, we couldn’t help but wonder if any of the Outing Club members still enjoyed the outdoors. And if they still climbed trees. We tracked down four of them; here are their remembrances (and confessions) about the club.

From Richard Foster ‘64

“Fifty years have slipped away, but the memory of that particular photo op remains vivid. I believe it was the brainchild of Al Goldsmith (top, center) who was a very creative fellow and on the yearbook staff. Al, John O’Meara (in tree, right) and I were on the soccer team (John and I being co-captains that year). It was the third year of the program and the first year with as many wins as losses on the season’s record.

“Betsy (B. Harvey) and I were married August 1965 and became teachers. She became a reading and writing specialist at the middle-school level and I became a high school English teacher, department chair, soccer and tennis coach. Both of us spent most of our careers in the Warwick Valley Central School District in Warwick (Orange County) N.Y.

“We always enjoyed the outdoors: hiking, family camping, backpacking, canoeing, cross-country skiing, fishing, golfing, gardening and biking. In 1976, I became an original member of a hardy band of fellows nervously approaching middle age and its diverse debilities, both imagined and real, called the White Mountain Safari Club. We proceeded to climb mountains, canoe rivers and take bike rides of up to 100 miles a day throughout that dreaded phase of life.

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