Manning, Harvey 1925-2006

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Manning, Harvey 1925-2006

(Harvey Hawthorne Manning)

OBITUARY NOTICE—See index for CA sketch: Born July 16, 1925, in Ballard, WA; died of complications from colon cancer, November 12, 2006, in Seattle, WA. Conservationist, editor, publisher, and author. As founding editor of Mountaineer Books, Manning was best known as the author of hiking and nature guides and for his efforts to preserve endangered habitats. A 1946 graduate of the University of Washington, he worked in a variety of jobs through the 1950s. Among these were clerk, tool salesman, newspaper salesman, and radio station manager and salesman. By the late 1950s he was becoming more involved in the publishing business, working for such companies as Macmillan Company and Rinehart Company in New York City. His first book, High Worlds of the Mountain-climber (1959), would mark the beginning of many other collaborations with photographers Bob and Ira Spring. Manning was a writer and editor for the University of Washington from 1961 to 1971 before he founded Mountaineer Books. The publishing house focused on books about the outdoors, and Manning produced dozens of titles in the “100 Hikes” and “Footsore” series. An active conservationist, he also was instrumental in getting the 1984 Washington Wilderness Act passed, thus preserving over one million acres of wild lands in the state. Also the editor of Mountaineering: The Freedom of the Hills (1960; revised edition, 1967), later taken over by other editors and now in its seventh edition, Manning penned such additional works as Backpacking: One Step at a Time (1971; revised edition, 1986), Oregon Wildlife Areas (1978), Fifty Years of Climbing Together (1988), Hiking the Great Northwest (1998), and Gallery of Mountain Flowers (2002).

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Los Angeles Times, November 15, 2006, p. B9.