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Ruth at 2016 Troll Cup
Ruth wins F80+ at 2016 Troll Cup
Photo: David Yee

Longtime NEOC member/volunteer and repeat National Champion, Ruth Johnson died Sunday, March 8, at age 87.

Her neighbor in Falmouth, Maine, Tony Federer (himself a NEOC veteran) reports that "She joined NEOC in the 1970s. From 1977 through 2013 she won an astounding 23 U.S. National Classic Championships, always in the oldest class at the time, starting with F43+ and ending with F80+!"

Ruth appears in NEOC results going back to the first "online" posting: Menotomy Rocks, March 26, 2000. If you have copies of the pre-web NEOC Times, you will no doubt find her in prior meet results.

A thread of remembrances is on Attackpoint.


From Judy Karpinski and Jeff Saeger —

We have such wonderful memories of orienteering with Ruth in the woods. As others have said, she was quiet, but thoughtful and always willing to help out. Her spirit and love for orienteering was obvious and we will miss her.

Ruth in 1976 - NEOC's first national champion

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Sharon at '19 Masters ChampsAn inspiring profile of Sharon Crawford in today's New York Times.
Although it focuses on her skiing, "orienteering" is mentioned (four times).

Area orienteers who have been around for a while certainly know Sharon. Until she retired and moved to Colorado, she was very active with NEOC, not only as a competitor. Also, she is the sister of our our longtime Treasurer, Jim Crawford.

 

What map does each image come from?

Map quiz from the recent NEOC Winter Party, courtesy of Jeff Saeger.

Choose the map for each of the 12 "snippets" below.
Note that not all of the maps are displayed with North at the top.

Click the button at bottom of the page to reveal the answers.

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BobD

With much sadness, we note the passing of Bob Dangel.

Bob was a longtime, and very active, NEOC member who not only competed among the "upper echelon" of his age cohort, but served as club President and made major contributions to the very foundation of NEOC: our library of O-maps. His work is noted on many NEOC maps, at least as far back as 1998 (Mt. Misery). He soon became the "keeper" of our OCAD files, incorporating updates and converting all club maps to Acrobat format for distribution to meet directors. Orienteers at NEOC events will continue to benefit from Bob's dedication for years to come.

Bob's fellow orienteers send their condolences to his wife, Harriet, and their family.

Bob's obituary notice gives the times of shiva memorial observance, Sept. 27 & 28, and lists donations that can be made in lieu of flowers.

photo by David Yee


From Tim Parson:

Bob was one of the quiet, highly competent, behind-the-scenes people who've kept NEOC going over its many years. I met him not long after I started orienteering back in 1985, and soon learned that he was both a fast runner and an excellent navigator. That combination would have placed him high in national rankings, but he'd never go to the necessary A-meets unless they were very close to home. "Never drive longer than the time you'll spend in the woods" was his motto in this regard. It seemed typical of Bob: he had no need for the glory of placing high, but just enjoyed the challenges of the sport and being in the woods.

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