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Tribute to Richard McMahon

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Long time HTMC Member Richard McMahon passed away at his home on Friday April 5th surrounded by his family. One of the ways that he contributed to HTMC was by making the quarterly paper newsletter which was printed and sent via snail mail to members.

Aside from being an avid hiker, Richard McMahon was a prolific author of books about outdoor and travel fields, and on military subjects.  The following bio is from his book list on

Born in Brooklyn, New York, and raised in Queens, Richard attended Stuyvesant High School, then joined the US Army. He served more than 33 years, 26 of them overseas in Japan, Korea, Vietnam, Italy, Germany and Turkey. After retirement from the Army, and following 3 years in Saudi Arabia as an operations manager for Global Associates, he founded the adventure travel program in Hawaii for Mountain Travel (now Mountain Travel Sobek). For the next 7 years he led adventure tours in Hawaii, Europe, and the Far East for Both MT and REI.

While in the service, he received a BS degree in military science from University of Maryland, and after retirement, MA degrees in English and history from the University of Hawaii. He enjoys writing and hiking-related travel, and belongs to three hiking clubs in Hawaii.

A nonreligious service was be held at the Hawaiian Memorial Park Glass Chapel on Friday April 25, 2024. He was buried at 1 pm at Hawaii State Veterans Cemetery