Molenaar, Dee

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World-renowned mountain climber, Dee Molenaar (born 1918) is widely known for his many ascents of Mount Rainier and other peaks in Washington State and other regions, as well as for his artistic abilities as a painter, mapmaker, and author. Born to Dutch immigrant parents in Los Angeles, Molenaar's early climbs were in the Sierra Nevadas. He came to the Pacific Northwest in 1938 to climb volcanos and had begun working as a guide on Mount Rainier by 1940. Molenaar earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Geology with a minor in Art from the University of Washington in 1950. After graduation, he worked as a field assistant to geololgy professor Peter Misch and later was employed as a geologist by the Phillips Petroleum Company, Washington Department of Conservation, and the United States Geological Survey. Molenaar also used his training as a geologist to complement his artistic abilities, creating oil and watercolor paintings of mountain and desert landscapes. As a mountaineer, Molenaar climbed peaks through the western United States, Canda, Alaska, the Alps, Himalayas, New Zealand, and Antarctica. His expeditions included the Harvard Mountaineering Committee ascent of Mount St. Elias in 1946 (the second ascent of the mountain and the first American summit of the peak); the 1953 American expedition to K2; Mount McKinley (Denali) in 1960; Mount Kennedy in 1965; and multiple peaks in the Alps in 1973. "The Challenge of Rainier," Molenaar's most widely-known publication, was based in part upon his experiences as a summit guide and National Parks Service Ranger.

From the description of Dee Molenaar papers, 1930-2007. (Unknown). WorldCat record id: 123953922

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referencedIn Manning, Harvey. Harvey Manning papers, 1946-2006. ND Univ of Washington Libraries (OCLC Worldshare ILL Beta)
creatorOf Molenaar, Dee. Dee Molenaar papers, 1930-2007. University of Washington Libraries
creatorOf Hamilton, Dwight L. Summary of mountain climbing in Mount Rainier National Park / Dwight L. Hamilton ; with Dee Molenaar ... [et al.]. University of California, Davis, Shields Library
creatorOf Molenaar, Dee. Papers, 1890-1978. University of Wyoming, American Heritage Center
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correspondedWith Bauer, Wolf G. person
correspondedWith Beckey, Fred W., 1921- person
correspondedWith Bonington, Chris person
correspondedWith Clinch, Nicholas, 1930- person
correspondedWith Dyhrenfurth, Norman G. person
correspondedWith Farquhar, Francis Peloubet, 1887-1974 person
correspondedWith Haglund, Ivar, 1905-1985 person
correspondedWith Hillary, Edmund, 1919-2008 person
correspondedWith Houston, Charles S. person
correspondedWith Kennedy, Robert F., 1925-1968 person
correspondedWith Manning, Harvey. person
correspondedWith Misch, Peter, 1909-1987 person
correspondedWith Odell, N. E. (Noel Ewart), 1890-1987 person
correspondedWith Post, Austin person
correspondedWith Schmoe, F. W. (Floyd Wilfred), 1895-2001 person
correspondedWith Schurman, Clark person
correspondedWith Ullman, James Ramsey, 1907-1971 person
correspondedWith Unsoeld, William Francis, 1926-1979 person
correspondedWith Viesturs, Ed person
correspondedWith Whittaker, Jim, 1929- person
correspondedWith Wickwire, Jim, 1940- person
Place Name Admin Code Country
K2 (Pakistan : Mountain)
Himalaya Mountains
Washington (State)
Washington (State)


Birth 1918-06-21



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