Ronald MacKenzie (deceased)
Year Inducted: 1971
Born: 1903, New York City, NY
Died: December 23, 1978, Lake Placid, NY
Ron MacKenzie was an avid athlete and competed as a speed skater and bobsledder as well as skiing. He was heavily involved in the development of skiing in northern New York State, work which took him to service at the regional and national levels of the sport .
He helped to develop the Mount Van Hoevenberg recreational area and Gore Mountain. He planned and supervised the construction of cross country trails at both. In 1937 he organized the national ski patrol for Lake Placid and proudly wore badge #201 as a ski patroller.
He was coach and manager of the US FIS team and Chief of Competition for the FIS championships for cross country in 1950. He was President of the 1972 World University Games.
Lake Placid began its bid process to host again the Olympic Winter Games in 1960 and Ron MacKenzie was involved in this throughout until the town was awared the right to host the games in 1980.
He died in 1978 during the dedication of the new 70M ski jump at Mount Hoevenberg built for the 1980 Winter Olympics.