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It is with great sadness that we report the passing of the Museum's great friend and benefactor, Tom Johnson. Tom was with a group of his fellow Potomac Appalachian Trail Club (PATC) members on a hike on the Doyles River Falls Trail in Shenandoah National Park on December 5 when he was stricken. Earlier on the hike he had given the others on the hike some history of the Doyles River Cabin.
Among his many trail related accomplishments, Tom was past President of PATC and current historian, and a long time Board member and member of the Hall of Fame selection committee of the Museum. Tom was also active in the American Hiking Society and the Great Eastern Trail Association.
Those of us who knew Tom can take solace that his last time was spent doing what he loved best, hiking and educating others about trails.
HERE is a link to a part 1 of a 3 part video, narrated by Tom, on the early days of PATC. Part 2 is HERE. Part 3 is HERE. HERE is a link to a short series of articles Tom prepared for the Museum on the history of the A.T. Tom's book on the A.T.'s history is scheduled to be published soon by Appalachian Trail Conservancy.
HERE is a link to the online tribute to Tom.
UPDATE - Tom's much anticipated book on the history of the A.T. is now available, either at the Museum or using our online store HERE.
For other tributes to Tom, click the links below.
Libby Kephart Hargrave
12/6/2020 07:16:37 am
Rest In Peace, Tom. It was a pleasure knowing you! Your passion for the AT, preserving its history and protecting its future will never be forgotten.
Susan “Hammock Hanger” Turner
12/6/2020 09:15:41 am
So sorry to read of his passing. A wonderful man. He gave me so much support on my GET journey. RIP
12/7/2020 01:22:18 pm
The A.T., and hiking in general, have lost a great man. Tom was an eminent and meticulous historian.
12/7/2020 09:28:19 pm
The hiking world has lost a great friend - hike on Tom Johnson! Thanks for reminding us that history helps us make good decisions for the future.
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