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Bradford Babbitt Van Diver, a resident of Highland Farms, Black Mountain, NC, died on April 26 at the age of 85, following a brief stay at the Solace Hospice Center, Asheville, NC. A native New Yorker, he graduated from the University of Colorado where he began a history of rock climbing, initiating first ascents on Longs Peak and the Flat Irons with his climbing partner. He earned his PhD from the University of Washington. He taught at the Universities of Colorado, Washington, as Guest Professor at Munich, Germany, and retired as emeritus professor of geology at SUNY Potsdam where he taught for 24 years. He also taught at Elderhostel Programs, the College for Seniors at UNCA, and McCall. He was the author of six books, primarily for the laymen, one of which was a photographic album of geology as art. He was an avid photographer, mountaineer, hiker, woodworker, kayaker, skier, and world traveler. He was a member of the Adirondack Mountain Club, the Colorado Hiking Club, and the Carolina Mountain Club as well as a member of the Adirondack 46ers and the AMC 111 Club, a group that has climbed all 111 peaks in the Northeast over 4000’. He was a long-term member of the Unitarian Universalist Church of Canton, NY and of the Asheville Church. He is survived by his wife, Beverly, a son, Thor, and two grandsons, three step-children, David, Mark, and Rebecca Landy, and nine step-grandchildren. A second son predeceased him in 1992. At his request, there will be no memorial service. Funeral arrangements are with Penland & Sons of Swannanoa, NC. Condolences for the family may be made online at www.ashevillemortuaryservices.com. Donations in his memory may be made to the Potsdam College Foundation for the Van Diver/Badger Field Trip Fund, c/o Geology Dept., SUNY Potsdam, Potsdam, NY 13676.

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