Fred H. McNeil (deceased)
Year Inducted: 1958
Born: 03/21/1893, Decatur, IL
Died: 12/28/1958, Portland, OR
Fred McNeil was a newspaperman and winter sports enthusiast. He actively promoted the idea that the mountains have huge economic value in tourism and recreation. He labored hard in the development of skiing in the Pacific Northwest and served on the National Skiing Association as an advisor on legislative matters affecting skiing and the use of lands under the control of the United States Forest Service and the National Parks Service. He was the founding president of the Pacific Northwest Ski Association and later served the National Ski Association as a vice president from 1936 to 1948.
Through his service and writing he was an instrument for opening the slopes to skiers in the Pacific Northwest.