American Alpine Jounrna and Accidents in North American Climbing

Dorrell Looff, 1911-1981

  • In Memoriam
  • Climb Year:
  • Publication Year: 1982


Dorrell Looff, a member of the American Alpine Club for nineteen years, died on February 10, 1981. His father’s family helped build Coney Island and many amusement parks across the country. One of the brothers carved horses for merry-go-rounds.

I first came to know Dorrell in the early 1930s. Earlier, he had made a lone crossing of the Olympic Mountains from the Pacific Ocean to Hoods Canal. He was my partner on many a climb, from small peaks to Mount Rainier.

Dorrell came into the Seattle Mountain Rescue Council soon after its founding and was its third Chairman. He was active in the forming of a number of mountain rescue units in the Northwest. He helped found the Washington State Mountain Rescue Association and the National Mountain Rescue Association. He was a good companion on any climb or mountain rescue mission.

Dorrell was on the staff of the Glacier Research Project near Juneau, Alaska, directed by Dr. Maynard M. Miller. He gave twenty-five years to the American Red Cross, the last five years of which he gave full time to when he served as Disaster Chairman.

Dorrell was a retired vice-president of the Washington Mutual Savings Bank with 48 years of service. He was a member of the Seattle Chamber of Commerce, the Kiwanis Club and the American Legion.

He is survived by his wife Sally, three daughters and four grandchildren.

Ome Daiber

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