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Joshua Minor

JOSHUA L. MINER brought the concepts of Outward Bound to this country from Scotland, where he taught under the innovative educator Kurt Hahn at the Gordonstoun School. Now retired as Phillips Academy's Emeritus Dean of Admissions in Andover, Mass., Miner has spent over 35 years working as "an advocate for kids - my own and others." Following his graduation from Princeton in 1943, Miner went on to serve in Patton's Third Army in Europe as captain in an Army field artillery battalion. He was awarded the Purple Heart, Bronze Star, five combat stars and the Croix de Guerre. He began his education career following the War, teaching at the Hun School and Andover as well as at Gordonstoun. Miner spent the bulk of his academic career at Phillips Academy in Andover, Mass., as an instructor and coach among other positions, including Dean of Admissions from 1972-1985.

As founding trustee of Outward Bound USA, he has been influential in shaping the development of the organization in the United States since 1961. He further served as director of the Colorado Outward Bound School, and as a trustee of the Northwest and Hurricane Island schools. For eight years, he was president of Outward Bound, Inc. and was board chairman from 1970-1972. He has also served as a consultant on urban affairs to the Peace Corps and the Found Foundation, and was vice chairman of the 1970 White House Conference on Youth. He has been honored by the American Academy of Achievement, the Appalachian Mountain Club and Princeton University for his work with young people. He continues to live in Andover, with his wife Phebe. They have five children and, at last count, ten grandchildren. Joshua Minor passed away in 2002.