American Alpine Jounrna and Accidents in North American Climbing

Frank E. Gaebelein, 1899-1983

  • In Memoriam
  • Climb Year:
  • Publication Year: 1984



Frank Gaebelein, a long time member of both the American and Canadian Alpine Clubs, died in January 1983 ending a distinguished career in education. After graduating from New York University he received has master’s degree from Harvard and was ordained by the Episcopal church, then becoming the founding headmaster of Stony Brook School on Long Island. He held that post for 41 years, finding time nevertheless to write fourteen books and many articles, receive three honorary doctorates, and maintain his talents as a concert pianist. His life was dedicated to church and school, and he spoke in many parts of the world on the Bible, social justice, and relationships between the arts and the church.

Frank climbed modestly but extensively in the United States, Canada and the Alps and was a frequent visitor to Club functions and library. He was dedicated to the young, always encouraging the spirit of Christianity though never proselytizing, and he will be long remembered by his students scattered throughout the world.

Charles S. Houston M.D.

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