Gretchen R. Besser, Ph.D.

Humanitarian AwardTitle: Writer, Educator
Location: Morrisville, VT United States






  • American Red Cross, First Aid Instructor (1971-82)
  • International Skiing History Association, Board of Directors
  • Jewish Committee Greater Stowe Vermont, Board of Trustees (2008-Present), Vice President (2009), Secretary (2014-2015)
  • National Ski Patrol, International Liaison (1980-1985), National Historian (1978-2010)
  • National Ski and Snowboard Hall of Fame, Selection Committee (1982-2010), Board of  Directors (1997-2011)
  • North American Snow Sports Journalists Association
  • Phi Beta Kappa
  • The Wellesley Class of 1949, President (2004-2014), Secretary (2014-Present)
  • Vermont Humanities Council, Board of Directors (2001-2008), Secretary (2005-07)


  • Honoree, Distinguished Worldwide Humanitarian Award (2017)
  • Inductee, Worldwide Lifetime Achievement (2016)
  • Featured Member, “Who’s Who in America,” Marquis Who’s Who (2000-2016)
  • Honoree, Vermont Ski and Snowboard Museum Hall of Fame (2015)
  • Inductee, National Ski Patrol Hall of Fame (2013)
  • Featured Member, “Who’s Who of American Women, “Marquis Who’s Who (2006-2011)
  • Recipient, National Chairman’s Excellence in Service Award (2010)
  • Recipient, 30 Year National Historian Award, National Ski Patrol (2008)
  • Featured Member, “Who’s Who in the World,” Marquis Who’s Who (2005-2006)
  • Featured Member, “Who’s Who in the East,” Marquis Who’s Who (1995-2000)
  • Featured Member, “Who’s Who in Entertainment,” Marquis Who’s Who (1998-1999)
  • Recipient, Ullr Award, International Skiing History Association (1997)
  • Recipient, Distinguished Service Award, National Ski Patrol (1996, 1990)
  • Fulbright Commission Grantee (1949-50)
  • Wellesley Scholar (1949)
  • Recipient, Paul Robbins Journalism Award

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