American Alpine Jounrna and Accidents in North American Climbing

Victor Josendal, 1920-1990

  • In Memoriam
  • Climb Year:
  • Publication Year: 1991



Victor Josendal, a long-time member of the American Alpine Club and the Alpine Club of Canada, died of cancer on September 28, 1990.

Vic graduated from Stanford University as an aero-engineer in 1941. He worked his entire career for the Boeing Airplane Co. as an aero-stress engineer, retiring in 1982. During his latter years he was one of Boeing’s Designated Representatives working with the FAA on plane-crash investigations.

He will be remembered by his many Cascade Section and Mountaineer friends as a most pleasant, competent climbing companion. Vic was always well prepared and particularly resolute in tight spots. He participated in active climbing up through the summer of 1989. His climbing included expeditions to Yukon Territory, British Columbia, Alaska, South America and East Africa. He was on the first ascents of Mount Augusta and the East Peak of Fury and the second ascent of King Peak. He climbed Huascarán, Kilimanjaro, Robson, Sir Sanford, all the major peaks of the Cascades of Washington and a host of other mountains.

Vic made extensive canoe trips in the wilderness areas of Canada, wilderness ski trips in Canada and Norway and traveled in the Brooks Range of Alaska and Ellesmere Island. He was a staunch wilderness advocate and financial supporter.

For his many close friends who mourn his untimeley death, we think of him with the following lines, “Life is motion and splendid, rest—your part is ended.” Goodnight, sweet prince.

Philip E. Sharpe

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