Maurice J. Forrester, Jr., died at home on the morning of July 5, 2022, at the age of 91.
Maurice was born in Trenton, New Jersey, on November 24, 1930. He graduated from Carleton College (Northfield, MN) in 1952 and retired from SEDA-COG (Lewisburg, PA) after 22 years of employment there.
Maurice is survived by Mildred, his wife of 63 years, three sisters (Virginia, Jane, and Betty), two sons (Maurice, III, and Mark), two daughters-in-law (Lori and Susan), four grandchildren (Amber, Charity, John, and Thomas), and one great-granddaughter (Esme). Maurice was predeceased by his son Kenneth.
Maurice was fond of hiking and the outdoors. He was a former president of the Keystone Trails Association and editor of their newsletter. He was co-author of A Grip on the Mane of Life, an authorized biography of pioneer Appalachian Trail through-hiker Earl Schaffer, published in 2014. Maurice was inducted into the Appalachian Trail Museum Hall of Fame in 2016.
Private services will be held at the discretion of the family.
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Jim Foster saysJuly 11, 2022 at 2:37 pm
Maurice was a beloved leader of three hiking organizations, Keystone Trails Association, Appalachian Trail Conservancy and the Appalachian Trail Museum. He was also a prolific author. He will be greatly missed.
Katie Barker saysJuly 13, 2022 at 5:26 am
Maurice held a great number of volunteer leadership positions at Keystone Trails Association over the decades, earning the Association’s highest award and honorary life member status. His legacy lives on in so many miles of hiking trails in Pennsylvania. Thank you, Maurice.
Wayne Gross saysJuly 22, 2022 at 4:12 pm
Our condolences to Mildred and the Forrester Family. Maurice has left a legacy to be proud of. He was a great advocate of hiking trails, especially in Pennsylvania. He was past President of the Keystone Trails Association, editor of the PA Appalachian Trail Guide, KTA newsletter editor, Chairman of the Appalachian Trail Conference biennial meeting at East Stroudsburg University in 1989, author of many articles, Appalachian Trail Museum Hall of Fame inductee, KTA Citation Award recipient, and so much more. I recall fondly volunteering with him on the PA AT guide updates, the ESU-89 ATC Biennial Meeting Committee, and the KTA Council. Thank you Maurice and happy trails. Wayne and Shirley Gross and family