Ned Gillette (deceased)
Year Inducted: 2000
Died:Augst 5,1998 Pakistan
A Vermonter and Dartmouth graduate, Gillette was the 1967 NCAA cross country ski champion. He was a member of the 1968 U.S. Olympic Cross Country Ski Team and a member of the U.S. Ski Team Cross Country A Team from 1967 to 1969. Later, he headed the cross country ski school at Stowe’s Trapp Family Lodge when the idea of a ski touring center was new. He also served as director of skiing at Yosemite Mountaineering School. In 1979 he published his book “Cross Country Skiing.” It is a practical guide written for both the novice and experienced skier.
Gillette was an avid mountaineer pioneering routes around Everest and McKinley, and arcing turns from the summit of Mustagh Ata in the Pamirs Mountains. He opened new frontiers for skiing, traversing Ellesmere Island in the Canadian Arctic and cross country ski touring in China’s former Manchuria. It was during one of his adventures, on August 5, 1998, when he was shot and killed by bandits while sleeping in a tent with his wife Susie Patterson. They were on an expedition in the northern region of Kashmir.