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Saturday , September , 19 2020

In Memoriam

In remembrance of Columbia Ski Club members and friends who have passed away. Although gone, they will not be forgotten.


Ray Collins Ray Outdoor

Ray Collins, the 8th President of the Columbia Ski Club, lost his battle with cancer on June 24, 2018. 

He was born on June 16, 1953 and is survived by his daughter Jessica Rae Collins, brothers Edward Collins, Roger Collins Jr., and Charles Collins, nieces Cathy Heinsohn and Carol Holt, and many friends. 

Ray had a way of making people smile, even while inside he was fighting for his life. Ray did so very many activities with the ski club beyond ski… mini-golf, curl, taste good food and wines on a Frederick walking tour, Christmas carol, act in a play put on for Vantage House residents, bowl, host parties, dance, eat pancakes, and lots more. 

He also was husband of decades and a father for over 25 years, a computer programmer, a pianist, a dog lover, a stained glass artist, and a terrific friend. He was the kind of person who could make you feel like you were his best friend even though everyone was made to feel the same way and had no clue about all of the many other close friends in his circle. He made everyone feel special, and that was just one of the many special things about Ray. 

Here is a toast to Ray. We toasted him at the dinner following a recent mini-golf event, and Judy Schiffer is thinking we should do a mini-golf fundraiser in Ray’s honor. Whatever happens, Ray will be missed, and yet as we start to cry at his loss, we should keep in mind that he would want us to go on having great experiences and doing good in the world. Rest in peace, Ray.
(Tribute written by Athena Dalrymple)


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:  Bill Eskew, long-time Columbia Ski Club member and leader, 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.

July 18, 2008Howie Silver passed away 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!


Howie Silver in Alaska
Linda Bain

August 10, 2006: LInda Bain, a spirited, fun-loving woman who has been an active club member for at least a dozen years. Linda was CSC Racing Team Chair for many years and former member of the CSC Board of Directors. 

Linda 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. Linda 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.

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. 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.

Feb 13, 2006. Maribeth Geiss  was a long time member of the Columbia Ski Club and will be greatly missed. Maribeth served on the Awards Committee for many years. 

Maribeth Geiss

September 11, 2001 - Ed Graf, CSC member and 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. 

Oct. 14, 2000 - Stephen Smith,  His funeral service was Oct. 19th, and he was buried in Little Rock, AR Oct. 20th. 

Oct. 1, 2000 - Alan Browne, the 4th president of the Columbia Ski Club (circa 1985) passed away . During his term as President major changes was the coordination of the LEARN TO SKI PROGRAM.