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 7:30 pm 
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In Memoriam

This page helps us remember Columbia Ski Club members and friends who have passed away. They may be gone, but they will not be forgotten.


April 20, 2010: Indarmohan Singh Schabra was born on October 28, 1942 in Churkana Mandi, India. He and his entire family had to leave their family home behind when they moved to Ludhiana, Punjab after the India-Pakistan Partition in 1947. As a young man, Indar loved playing basketball, and he graduated with a degree in engineering. His love for America and the idealism of John F. Kennedy led him to emigrate to the United States in 1964, carrying with him only a steamer trunk and his dreams. He attended the University of Tennessee in Knoxville where he attained a BS in Mechanical Engineering.

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In 1968, Indar went back to India to get married, and then returned to the U.S. where he completed his Masters Degree in Mechanical Engineering in Dayton, Ohio. His daughter Lita was born in 1971. Indar began a successful career in real estate becoming a distinguished agent and broker in Howard County. In 1990, he began working with Federal government agencies as a real estate specialist and ended his career at the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration. He was active in political and civic organizations, including the Columbia Ski Club where he was Membership Chair for several years. He was a loving and devoted father and grandfather, and his grandchildren Joshua, Abbey, Delaney, and Eliana were the love of his life. He will be dearly missed, and his kindhearted spirit will live on in all of us.

Bill Eskew in Aspen 2006

July 28, 2009: It is with deep regret that we announce the passing of a long-time Columbia Ski Club member and leader, Bill Eskew, who passed away after a long illness. Bill Eskew was president of our ski club in the 1993-94 season. Many club long-timers will also remember that Bill served as Ski Trip Coordinator for several years as well as the club’s Treasurer. He led a number of ski trips and was particularly fond of Europe. Bill will be greatly missed; he was a true leader of our club for many years. Plans for a memorial service in the Baltimore area are in the works. More details will be announced when they become available.

July 18, 2008: Many of us in the Columbia Ski Club will miss Howie Silver who passed away today after a long bout with Lou Gehrig's disease (ALS). Howie was a fun-loving guy with a broad smile and a heavy accent whose activity level belied his age of 65. Up until the last 2 years, when he became wheelchair-bound, he was very active in sports such as tennis, biking, baseball, and of course, skiing. Howie was a long-time member of CSC. We will miss you, Howie!

Obituary from the Baltimore Sun: On July 18, 2008, Howard Neil Silver passed away after a brave fight against ALS. He is the beloved husband of Barbara Silver (nee Clayman); devoted father of Stacey Silver of Boynton Beach, FL, and Larry and Lisa Silver of Columbia, MD; dear brother of Michele Rachmiel of Livingston, NJ, and Eileen Lusher of Virginia Beach, VA; loving grandfather of Samantha Hayden Silver, and Joshua Martin Silver; loyal son of Edith (nee Kurzer) and the late Martin Silver. Funeral services and interment will be held at Columbia Memorial Park - Columbia MD, on Sunday, July 20 at 10 A.M. Please omit flowers. Contributions in his memory may be sent to the Muscular Dystrophy Association, 8501 LaSalle Road, Suite 106, Towson, MD. (21286). In mourning at 8630 Vast Rose Drive, Columbia, MD 21045 Arrangements by SOL LEVINSON & BROS., INC.

Howie's funeral was Sunday, July 20, 2008 at 10:00 at Columbia Memorial Park.
Howie Silver in Alaska
Linda Bain

August 10, 2006: We have just learned of the very sudden passing of a spirited, fun-loving woman who has been an active club member for at least a dozen years. CSC deeply mourns the loss of Linda Bain, CSC Racing Team Chair for many years and former member of the CSC Board of Directors. Details are very sketchy at this time. We understand Linda was on a biking and camping trip in Vermont when about one-and-a-half or two days ago, her throat closed up and she turned blue. Medics nearby were unable to revive her. Funeral arrangements and other details will be made available as soon as we hear more. - Provided by Ted Miksinski. Please keep Linda in your thoughts and in your heart. Linda's home address: Roger Bain, 11985 Rinehart Drive, Waynesboro, PA 17268.

Linda Biggers Bain (Age 59) Of Waynesboro, PA, died Wednesday, August 9, 2006 suddenly and unexpectedly while participating in a biking and kayaking adventure in Vermont. Born October 7, 1946 in Takoma Park, MD, she was the daughter of Ellen Biggers Carlson and the late Paul Biggers. She was a graduate of Columbia Union College with a degree in education with the Class of 1969.

Mrs. Bain taught both in public and private instructions primarily at the elementary school level for a number of years. In addition to teaching, she also did home based retail sales. She enjoyed outdoor sports, especially still water kayaking, hiking, biking, rollerblading and snow skiing where she was a competitor and certified teacher. She also enjoyed doing handcrafts and gardening. Mrs. Bain was known for her collection of fine pottery and Native American Art. She will be remembered for her love of life and people as well as her happy countenance.

She is survived by her husband, Roger Kennon Bain; one son, Michael Britton Bain of Silver Spring, MD; one daughter, Angela Lynn Bain of Washington, DC; her mother and step-father, Ellen and Edwin Carlson of Asheville, NC; and one brother, David Lynn Biggers of Atlanta, GA.

A Memorial Service will be held at 11 a.m., Friday, August 18, 2006 in GROVE-BOWERSOX FUNERAL HOME, 50 South Broad Street, Waynesboro, PA, 717-762-2811. The family will receive friends from 7 to 9 P.M., Thursday in the funeral home. Memorial contributions may be made to the American Heart Association, 225 East King Street, Chambersburg, PA 17201 or to the charity of one's choice.

[Provided by Melinda P. - Published in The Washington Post on 8/15/2006.]

Fran Plate (Mary Frances Clare Richardson) passed away July 18, 2006. Fran was very active during the 80s from right after the first meeting. She was considered a valuable member of the Moguls softball team during that time and was also a part of the bowling group. During the 80s, she ran Beach Trips to Ocean City, and set up the Annual Family Picnic at Centennial Park. She ran ski trips to Killington, Canaan Valley, and Winter Park. Please email any pictures of Fran to Kitty at Fran met and married Lee Plate at one of the CSC Happy Hours around 1983. She will be missed by her many friends and her family, husband Calvin Richardson, her son and daughter who grew up in the ski club, Steven and Michelle Clare.

It is with our deepest sorrow that we announce the passing of Maribeth Geiss on Monday, February 13, 2006. Maribeth was a long time member of the Columbia Ski Club and will be greatly missed. Maribeth served on the Awards Committee for many years. Viewing will be at the Sterling-Ashton-Witze Funeral Home from 3:00- 5:00 and 7:00- 9:00 on Friday, February 17, 2006. The Funeral Home is located at 1630 Edmondson Avenue, Catonsville, Md. 21227. Funeral Services will be held at St Mark's Chapel on Melvin Avenue in Catonsville at 10:00 am Saturday February 18, 2006. In lieu of flowers, the family has asked that donations be made to the Maryland Special Olympics Our deepest sympathies go out to Bill Parlock and Maribeth's family. Maribeth will be missed by all who knew her.

Maribeth Geiss

It has come to our attention that a Columbia Ski Club member perished in the attack on the United States, September 11, 2001. Ed Graf, who participated on the Grindelwald trip and is a cousin of Bill Eskew, was on the 107th floor of Tower One when the World Trade Center was hit. Ed was also the brother of long-time club member MaryBeth Graf-Brohawn. - Theodore Dietz, President CSC (2001)

Sad loss of a long-time ski club member: We regret to inform you that our brother, Stephen Smith, died Sunday night Oct. 14, 2000 in his sleep. His funeral service was Oct. 19th, and he was buried in Little Rock, AR Oct. 20th. Peace and blessings, Ellen Smith

Sadly, we must inform you that Alan Browne, the 4th president of the Columbia Ski Club (circa 1985) passed away on October 1, 2000. He is survived by his wife Pat and son Philip. One of the major changes in the Columbia Ski Club during Alan's Presidency was Pat Browne's suggestion, design, and coordination of the now standard, LEARN TO SKI PROGRAM - with the Columbia Ski Club. -Kitty Imdahl, Past President, Columbia Ski Club