The 2022 Appalachian Trail Hall of Fame class honorees are the late Jim & Molly Denton of Front Royal, Virginia; JoAnn & Paul Dolan of New York, New York; Laurie Potteiger of Harpers Ferry, West Virginia; and Tom Speaks of Ashville, North Carolina.
After the reroute was completed, the Dentons moved north in Virginia, and spent many years in the leadership of the Potomac Appalachian Trail Club. The Jim & Molly Denton shelter on the A.T. east of Front Royal is named for them.
JoAnn is active with the New York New Jersey Trail Conference, including spending 15 years as its Executive Director. Paul spent a long career as a senior executive of ABC News. The Dolans received the NYNJTC’s highest honor, the Raymond Torrey Award, in 2010.
Beyond her role in Harpers Ferry, Laurie has been a supporter of the Appalachian Long Distance Hikers Association (ALDHA), was an early supporter of Larry Luxenberg’s dream to found an Appalachian Trail Museum and is a relentless advocate for Leave No Trace (LNT) principles.
Since retiring from ATC in 2021, Laurie and her husband Dick have continued to maintain a section of the Trail for the Potomac Appalachian Trail Club.
An example of Tom’s persuasive and relentless effort is the Brushy Mountain relocation in Virginia. For several years the Forest Service contacted the nearly two dozen landowners necessary for this relocation, with no success. Tom initiated conversation with one of the landowners who was considered a leader in that community. His initial meeting was in the landowner’s hay field, where Tom helped him bale hay that day. This eventually led to a meeting in his living room and the agreement to sell the mountain top of his property to the Forest Service. After that, all but one of the adjoining landowners agreed to sell.
After a long career, Tom retired from the Forest Service in 2015.
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