Robert Johnstone (deceased)
Year Inducted: 1991
Born: March 1, 1915 Denver, CO
Died: March 10, 2009 Denver, CO
Robert C. Johnstone was an active skiing volunteer throughout his active adult life almost from the time when he took up the sport at the age of 14. He served in numerous capacities, even while attending high school, and eventually became President of the National Ski Association.
As a student at the University of Denver, he was a member of the Pioneer Ski Club and was involved with organizing skiing events. Following service in the navy during World War Two, he joined the National Ski Patrol earning badge # 958 in 1947. He was the President of the Zipfelberger Ski Club in Denver through the 1948-49 season. Over the years he held numerous roles while working hard for the Southern Rocky Mountain Ski Association, a relationship the eventually led him to the Board of the National Ski Association and its presidency in 1956 -1957.
Twice he was the chairman for the National Intercollegiate Four-way Championships. He served in numerous capacities for the Winter Park Ski Area including chairing its construction committee. He was on the organizing committee for the Squaw Valley Olympic Games for two years and continued his active service right up to 1990 when he was on the Committee for the World Disabled Championships. Outside of committee work he was a nationally ranked ski jumping judge.
For his many years of service he received the Halstead Award, the Russell Wilder Award for contributions to junior skiing in 1956 and the prestigious Blegen Award in 1959.