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Dr. Amos “Bud” Little

Hall of Fame Class of 1965

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Amos “Bud” Little dedicated several decades of his life to volunteer service on behalf of skiing. This effort included managing the US Ski Team at the Olympics and FIS World Championships as well as several other national and international assignments.

Amos “Bud” Little was born in Lincoln, Massachusetts on November 7th, 1916. He began skiing during the 1931-32 season when he and his brother received skis as a Christmas gift. Although they resided in Greater Boston they were able to use ski trains to get to the slopes in Vermont and New Hampshire.

Little attended Vermont Academy and skied for that school’s team in 1935. After graduating he went on to Dartmouth College where he majored in medicine and skied for the very powerful Dartmouth Ski Team in 1936, 1937, 1938 and 1939. He received his M.D. from John Hopkins School of Medicine in Baltimore in 1942.

Little joined the military in 1943. Stationed in the Pacific in a job he considered non-essential, he volunteered for a relatively new field called the Air Rescue Service in a division that involved mountain rescue. He was stationed in Montana.

After the war, Little, decided to stay in Helena, Montana where he helped found the Great Falls Ski Club and became involved in the Northern Rocky Ski Association, serving as president of the division in 1949, 1950 and 1951. He served as the chairman of the National Ski Association’s National Alpine Championships at Whitefish, Montana in 1949.

Little was selected as a member of the United States Olympic Games Ski Committee in 1952, 1956, 1960, 1964 and 1968. He was the manager of the United States Olympic Alpine Ski Team in 1960, the U.S. Ski Team (F.I.S.) at Chamonix in 1962 and he was the manager of the U.S. F.I.S. Team in 1967.

Little served as treasurer of the United States Ski Association from 1960 through 1966 and was the chairman of the Competitions Committee of the United States Ski Association from 1960 through 1967. He was a delegate to the National Ski Association conventions from 1948 through 1963. In 1960 he began serving as technical delegate to the Federation International de Ski, attending all of the F.I.S. Congresses and later serving as F.I.S. vice-president.

Bud Little was awarded the Julius Blegen Award, the Bass Award and the American Ski Trophy in 1960. In 1987 he received the John Clair Award for outstanding service benefiting the U.S. Ski Team. In 1989 he was the first recipient of the Bud and Mary Little Award, named in his honor.

Amos R. Bud Little was elected to the U.S. National Ski Hall of Fame in 1965.

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