Deceased April 29, 2022

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In Memory

We lost Roger on April 29. He came to Amherst from Phillips Exeter. He was a math major and pledged Delta Upsilon. He began his 64-year teaching career at the Hillsdale School in Cincinnati in 1958, teaching history and math, and was headmaster in 1969–70. He moved to Lake Placid, N.Y., in 1970, joining the faculty of North Country School / Camp Treetops, and became director from 1982 to 1992. Then he began a lengthy stint teaching math at Lake Placid’s Northwood School, finally retiring in 2021.

Roger’s greatest passion, outside of family and teaching, was the mountains, especially the Adirondacks. He was an Adirondack 46er, #125, completing 12 rounds of the High Peaks, and in the 1970s he co-led summer hiking/climbing expeditions to Wyoming, California, Oregon, Washington and Alberta. He strongly believed in connecting children to the beauty and challenges of the wilderness. He co-founded Camp Gawee in 1964 and began the Treetops West program in 1974—both designed to immerse teenagers in intense mountaineering experiences.

Roger is survived by his wife, Patricia; son David Roger Loud of New York City; daughter Jennifer Vann of Longmont, Colo.; son Patrick George Loud of Virginia Beach, Va.; daughter Brigit Loud of Colchester, Vt.; and his beloved grandson, Bodie.

Roger had a great sense of humor. On a personal note: this writer has fond memories of him. In some classes, there was alphabetical seating. More than once, we sat next to each other. For one course, Professor Beebe’s Chemistry 21, we each took notes in very small handwriting and had the entire course notes on a single page. We both aced the course.

Peter Levison ’56