Fred Harris (deceased)
Year Inducted: 1957
Born: 09/08/1887, Brattleboro, VT
Died: 1961, Brattleboro, VT
Fred Harris was a lifelong devotee to the sport of skiing and is remembered as the founder of the Dartmouth Outing Club which has a major impact on the development of all aspects of skiing throughout the United States. The Dartmouth Outing Club was founded at Harris's suggestion on January 10, 1910 and Harris was elected its first president. In 1922 he became the founding president of the U.S. Eastern Amateur Ski Association and six years later was elected vice-president of the National Ski Association. He served as the NSA's treasurer from 1929 to 1931.
A devotee of junior skiing, Harris instigated the building of 40 meter and 65 meter jumps in Brattleboro. Known as Harris Hill the site continues to host the annual Fred Harris Memorial Tournament.
Harris is also credited with a number of first descents including Mount Washington and Whiteface Mountain.
He had a career in investment securities and in real estate. A believer that sport was important to one's everyday life he was a year round athlete and was a three time inter-collegiate tennis champion and at one time was ranked 14th in the United States.