In 2008, to commemorate Frost Valley YMCA’s 50th year in the Catskills, the Board of Trustees resolved to begin a tradition of recognizing the outstanding individuals who have been instrumental in service and leadership of our organization. The following individuals have been inducted into our Hall of Fame for their contributions to the founding, continued success, and legacy of Frost Valley.
D. Halbe Brown (1936-2012) Executive Director of Frost Valley YMCA, 1966-2001
Woodruff J. “Woody” English ( 1910 – 1996) Long-time trustee, Frost Valley YMCA’s Environmental Education Program was named in his honor
Eva Gottscho (1913 – 2009) Founder of the Ruth Gottscho Kidney Foundation Bringing children with chronic kidney disease to Frost Valley YMCA
Helen Geyer First-ever woman on the Frost Valley YMCA Board of Trustees
James C. Kellogg Frost Valley YMCA Board President for fifteen years, succeeding Woody English
Walter T. Margetts (1905 – 1983) Responsible for finding and negotiating the transfer of Julius Forstmann’s estate to what was then known as the Central Atlantic Area Council of the YMCA, now Frost Valley YMCA
Tatsuo and Emiko Honma Founders of the Tokyo-Frost Valley YMCA Partnership
Jane Brown ( – 2013) Wife of long-time Frost Valley Executive Director D. Halbe Brown
Charles R. Scott (1874 – 1954) Leader and director of Camp Wawayanda and first president of the American Camping Association
Fenn Putman (1933-2014) The longest serving member of the Board of Trustees (forty-two years)
Dr. Jerome Wolff ( – 2003) Played an instrumental role in Camp Wawayanda’s momentous move from New Jersey to it’s present home
Paul Guenther Visionary supporter of non-profit organizations and a long-time leader of the Board of Trustees; he supported the building of Frost Valley’s new Wellness Center with an extraordinary, organization-changing gift of $1 million.
David King Tremendously energetic long-time member of the seasonal staff between the late 1950s and the late 1970s Dave had an impact on every single aspect of the Wawayanda camping experience, many of the innovations and customs he introduced into daily summer life here are in use to this day.
Howard E. Quirk (1924-1994) A minister and a counselor; a raconteur and an entertainer; a story-teller and witty tour guide, but above all else, Howard E. Quirk was passionate about people. “The heartbeat of Frost Valley” as described by long-time Executive Director, Halbe Brown
Clara Hasbrouck Seventeen year member of Frost Valley’s Board of Trustees, she promulgated the commitment to the Castle’s preservation and its permanent use for schoolchildren and summer campers as a living-learning lab for encountering local social history.
Frank Ketcham An original member of Frost Valley’s Board of Trustees, he played a critical role in Wawayanda’s move to Frost Valley in 1958, and forged the Westfield Y/Wawayanda connection.
John Ketcham Camper turned staff member, in 1975 John wrote computer programs to aid accounting practices. He developed a specialty camp for kids focusing on computers and for at least one two-week session taught the children himself.
Dr. Ira Greifer ( – 2014) Co-founded The Ruth Gottscho Kidney Center in 1974-75 with Halbe Brown, and Eva Gottscho.
Robert Ohaus (1919 – 2004) Known as “Mr. Y,” Bob was deeply passionate about the Y movement and it’s values. He served as a quietly forceful, innovative trustee for decades, and through his work in Westfield Bob was a strong proponent of Wawayanda’s move to the Forstmann estate in New York.
Henry Hird (1884 – 1983) Founder of Camp Henry Hird, originally the girls camp founded in 1962, now the older group of Frost Valley summer campers.
Carl Hess (1926 – 1979) and Marie Hess (1929 – 2015) Great pioneers of Frost Valley, instrumental in creating a unique, nurturing, accepting and educational place where anyone, through effort, could experience it as home. No job in support of children and families was too small or too messy for Carl & Marie.