W. Averell Harriman (deceased)
Year Inducted: 1969
Born: November 15, 1891, New York City, NY
Died: August 20, 1986, Yorktown Heights, NY
Industrialist, politician and stateman, Averill Harriman is remembered for countless contributions to public life over a long and fruitful career. The Chairman of the Union Pacific Railroad in the 1930's he made a major contribution to skiing and winter sports by creating Sun Valley Resort, the first purpose built ski and winter sports resort in the United States. Sun Valley was known for many innovations including the world's first chairlift developed in 1936 just a few years after the startling invention of a rope tow in Quebec, Canada.
Harriman also established the Harriman Cup, which at one time was the most prestigious alpine race in the United States.