Dr. J. Leland Sosman (deceased)
Year Inducted: 1999
Born: September 15, 1920 Washington, DC
Died: April 13, 2008 Concord, MA
A doctor specializing in radiology, Leland Sosman was a dedicated volunteer to the sport of skiing who had a broad impact throughout his life. He served the USSA, the FIS and the US Ski and Snowboard Hall of Fame as a parliamentarian, committee and board member.
He liked to vacation in the Waterville Valley area of New Hampshire and as a hiker opened up many trails there. He was one of the founders of the Black and Blue Trail Smashers of Waterville Valley, an association he maintained throughout his life. He left a legacy as a teacher, mentor and recruiter bringing in many other people who served ably at events and major competitions in ski racing. "Sos" as he was affectionately known, was Chief of Race at 15 World Cup events at Waterville Valley and served as an Olympic official at six Olympic Games from 1972.
For his years of volunteer service he earned the USSA's Blegan Award in 1976 and several other honors from the USSA. He was inducted into the Vermont Ski Hall of Fame. The USSA's Leland Sosman Award is given annually to a member of the USSA's physician pool. Sosman himself never provided medical services to the ski team.