To the editor:
I was sorry to learn of the passing of one of Lake Placid's distinguished citizens - Vern Lamb. As a member of the Olympic Organizing Committee, Vern was a positive force in bringing disparate people together to help make the 1980 Winter Olympics something which Lake Placid could be proud of and also build upon for the future.
My memories of Vern go back to the hectic run-up to the Winter Olympics after Colorado's decline of the Olympics in 1976. When the nod went to Lake Placid, its citizens had much to do to get ready. Vern became chairman of the subcommittee charged with facilitating the environmental impact process which would identify and mitigate damage to the natural environment.
To make this committee more inclusive, Vern encouraged environmental organizations to participate. As the designated representative of one of these groups, the New York State Environmental Planning Lobby (now called Environmental Advocates), I found myself among the many participants sitting around the conference table with Vern on numerous occasions. While these meetings could sometimes be contentious, they were also quite productive, and I attribute that outcome to Vern's skillful leadership.
Looking back on those days, I am grateful for the memory of that committee and of working with Vern, as well as others including Ruth Hart and the late Walter Clark. Nor can I forget Winnie Lamb's wonderful hats ...
Lake Placid is the better for Vern Lamb's contributions. Rest in peace.