The Trail Companion
In Memoriam: Will Rudge
It is with great sadness that we note the passing of
former Crew Leader Will Rudge. Will was active with the
Trail Center for many years from the late 1980s to the
mid-1990s, particularly on our Stile Ranch Trail in Santa
Teresa County Park near IBM's Santa Teresa facility, where
he worked as a physicist, and the Todd Quick Trail in Alum
Rock Park in San Jose. Both he and his wife, Georgiana,
were enthusiastic volunteers and wanted to give back to the
parks after years of enjoying hiking and backpacking. They
came out to their first trail project with us on California
Trail Days to learn something about building trails before
going on a Sierra Club service trip in the Siskiyou
Wilderness. Both experiences were terrific and they became
regular volunteers and crew leaders.
In the following years,
while continuing work with the Trail Center, Will and
Georgiana traveled the world to participate in more Sierra
Club services trips, including two to Russia. In the first,
to Pribaikalsky National Park on Lake Baikel in the Irkuts
Region, they built a bridge and cleared trails, impressing
the Russians who were surprised to see the Americans'
enthusiasm for work on a vacation. On the second, to the
country's (and Europe's) largest national park,
Vodlozero National Park in the Karelia-Arkhangelsk
Region, they helped clear logging debris from the shores of
Lake Vodlozero, again to the surprise of their hosts, who
were expecting college students in search of a holiday.
Will retired from IBM in 1995 and looked forward to more
opportunities for service and hiking as a software
contractor. Unfortunately, the realities of contract work
left less time free than he expected and the onset of ALS
(Lou Gehrig's Disease) in 1996 forced Will to cut back on
his activities, including active Trail Center duty. Will's
last workday with us took place in 1997 on the Mapache
Trail project in Jasper Ridge.
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