Gretchen Besser, Ph.D.

Year inducted: 2012
Original historian of the National Ski Patrol

Long-time ski patroller Dr. Gretchen R. Besser (National Appointment Number 5756), of Morrisville, Vermont, was the first-ever National Ski Patrol historian. She was the initial recipient of the National Ski Patrol Chairman's Excellence in Service Award (January 2010). From 1980-85, Besser served as international liaison for the NSP. Her book, The National Ski Patrol: Samaritans of the Snow (1983), received a ULLR award from the International Skiing History Association (ISHA) in 1997. She has contributed to Ski Patrol Magazine since 1976, when it was a newsletter called National Patroller. Besser is a past board member of ISHA and of the United States Ski and Snowboard Association Hall of Fame, to which she was recently inducted.