American Alpine Jounrna and Accidents in North American Climbing

Caleb Frank Gates, Jr., 1904-1955

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  • Publication Year: 1956

CALEB FRANK GATES, JR.

1904-1955

Caleb Gates was born in Istanbul, where his father was president of Robert College. He attended Princeto n and Balliol College, Oxford, and in 1927-1928 was president of the Oxford University Mountaineering Club. He taught history at Robert College and later at Princeton, where he also became assistant dean of students. In 1941 he became chancellor of Denver University. He served in Army intelligence in Europe during the war. Returning to Denver he resigned as chancellor, but continued as professor of history until 1949, after which he had a long illness. His first marriage, by which there were three children, ended in divorce. He had married again a few months before his death in California.

His climbing was done mostly between 1925 and 1930, principally in the Alps, where he made about 50 ascents, generally guideless after the first two years. He was considered a good climber at that time, and was a member of the Alpine Club (London) as well as of our own club from 1928 until his death.

H. S. H., Jr.

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