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In Memoriam

Jaimie Wallace

CAMP ALUM

Jaimie Wallace loved Eagle’s Nest. He began attending camp at age eleven and continued for several years as a camper before participating in a Hante and then, a year later, as a junior counselor. He discovered a love of outdoor adventure, especially hiking and rock climbing, at Eagle’s Nest, and those recreational activities continued to be his favorites for the rest of his life. The camp staff inspired Jaimie; his counselors were formational mentors. In his 20s, after leaving Eagle’s Nest, he enjoyed full-time employment as a high ropes adventure park guide for several years. The Eagle’s Nest ethos made him feel at ease and accepted, and the community felt like a second family for him.  As a young adult, Jaimie would visit Eagle’s Nest whenever he was in the Asheville area.  His experiences at camp were so positive that his love for it eventually extended to the Western Carolina mountain region.  At his request his ashes have been scattered near Mt. Pisgah looking back in the direction of Eagle’s Nest.  John Muir’s statement, found on the mural at the entrance to camp . . . “the mountains are calling and I must go . . .” spoke to and for Jaimie. He would be pleased and smiling to know that other young people, following him, will have the opportunity to explore nature, learn skills, and participate in the Eagle’s Nest family.

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Moseley Waite

Former Trustee

“He was a great man who will be sorely missed,
but the good he brought to this world will live on in us all. To carry on all that he did will be an honor and a high task–in his memory we will do it.”
– Noni Waite-Kucera, Mo’s daughter

Dr. Benjamin Moseley (Mo) Waite, Ph.D., died on February 3, 2017. He was a scientist, educator, and conservationist. In 1950 Mo’s parents Dr. Alex and Hannah Waite chartered Eagle’s Nest Camp, originally founded in 1927, as a non-profit educational organization. Mo continued the legacy by serving on the ENF Board of Trustees for over 35 years. He also helped found Carolina Camps for Children with Diabetes, providing life-changing opportunities for children to learn to manage their illness in a camp setting.  Scientist, ceramicist, furniture maker, gardener, pickler, blueberry farmer, whitewater paddler, world traveler, bibliophile; Mo’s interests and talents ranged as wide as the circle of people who respected and loved him.

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Jay Ellis

Former Trustee

George John “Jay” Ellis, III, 80, died June 18, 2017, at Mammoth Cave National Park in Kentucky. After a weekend spent enjoying a large family reunion, Jay visited Mammoth Cave with his three adult children, who grew up at Eagle’s Nest Camp. He died quietly in their presence, in a familiar natural setting within an hour’s drive of his childhood home. Jay spent many summers as medical director of Carolina Camps for Children with Diabetes, and after diabetes camp ended, many more years as a board member and strong supporter of Eagle’s Nest. Jay’s legacy at Eagle’s Nest will live on through his service to the community and passion for enriching the lives young people.

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Rachael Panning

OA Alum

Rachael Panning attended The Outdoor Academy as part of Semester 17 in 2003.  She died at age 29 on July 17, 2017, after a two-year struggle with brain cancer.  While at The Outdoor Academy, Rachael made friends with whom she was close the rest of her life.  Already an outdoor enthusiast, her time at The Outdoor Academy made her even more of a conservationist and wildlife lover, which shaped her later career. Rachael liked to travel and successfully completed her goal of visiting all 50 states with a trip to Hawaii in November 2016.  Most of all, Rachael loved people. Rachael was kind, caring, and considerate, and was a wonderful friend to many.  Rachael’s time at The Outdoor Academy had a profound impact on her life.

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