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ST. LOUIS, April 15, 2002—The St. Louis chapter of The Explorers Club announced its newly elected officers.  The new slate includes:  Lotsie Hermann Holton, Chair; Ted Bakewell, Vice Chair/ Programs; Mabel Purkerson, Secretary; and Fiona Woods, Treasurer. David Isserman was appointed Webmaster.  The new officers will be installed at the chapter’s annual meeting on May 15th.


Lotsie Holton, a member of the Explorers Club since 1997, has climbed Mount Kilimanjaro (summit 19,360 ft.), trekked to the Everest Base Camp, summitted Kala Pattar (18,500 ft.), and hiked the Dolomites in Italy.  She has also safaried in the Serengeti and Masai Mara, sailed extensively in the South Pacific, West Indies and Greece, and recently completed an extensive trip through India.  A private pilot, Ms. Holton flew a MIG 25 FOXBAT fighter jet to 80,000 feet, achieving the speed of Mach 2.6 in Moscow.  She was ranked third in the state for Nastar Downhill Racing in Vail, Colorado and successfully completed the Aspen Challenge in 2001.  Ms. Holton serves on the Advisory Committee of the X Prize Foundation.


Edward L. (Ted) Bakewell III has retraced the footsteps of legendary British explorer Wilfred Thesiger's earliest explorations across the central highlands and Danakil Desert of Ethiopia.  Mr. Bakewell has travelled in the remotest parts of Africa, the Middle East, India, and South America with small expeditions or solo adventures.  He is Chairman of

Bakewell Investment Company, a real estate holding company, and President of


Hypertat Corporation, a small company developing specialized buildings for research stations in extreme parts of the world.  These high-performance facilities have operated successfully in such diverse environments as the Biosphere Project in Arizona and at South Pole Station, Antarctica.


Fiona Woods has a wide range of exploration interests.  In addition to co-piloting a balloon across the Alps with her husband, Ms. Woods organizes hot-air and gas balloon events and has been part of “chase” teams since 1985.  She is involved in researching the potential use of solar power for remote residential locations including the largest residential solar installation in the Caribbean region, established in 1992.  Ms. Woods monitored the breeding habits of Hawksbill Turtles in the British Virgin Islands for a survey used by the British Virgin Islands National Trust to determine needs for protection of the species.   In a self-initialized project, Ms. Woods is studying mining and history of the Lincoln Creek Valley – Colorado.  She is also involved in the promotion and growth of Manned Lighter than Air Ballooning in the United States.


David Isserman is a finance and entrepreneurship major attending the Kelley School of Business at Indiana University. He enjoys participating in outdoor activities, most prominently backpacking. His backpacking experience includes extensively exploring the backcountry of Alaska’s wilderness as well as the North Cascade mountain range.  Mr. Isserman is also an advanced scuba diver and has gone diving throughout the Caribbean and the Middle East. As a freshman in high school, Mr. Isserman began a computer consulting and web development company. 


Ms. Holton, Ms. Purkerson, and Mr. Isserman along with outgoing Chair, Carol Perkins and Dr. Walter Ballinger attended The Explorers Club Annual Dinner in New York City

on March 23rd.  The evening, which focused “The Future of Exploration—Inner and

Outer Space”, featured speakers, awards, and a most unusual hors’ d’oeuvres menu.


Titanic discoverer Robert Ballard, Ph.D. explored the topic of “Inner Space” while former NASA administrator Daniel Goldin addressed “Outer Space”.  Dr. Sylvia A. Earle and Jim Fowler (accompanied by members of the Animal Kingdom) addressed “Conservation- Land and Sea”. 


The Explorers Medal, the Club’s top honor, was presented to Johan Reinhard, Ph.D.  Dr. Reinhard is best known for his 1995 recovery of the Inca Ice Maiden and for directing the first underwater archaeological expedition of Lake Titicaca.  John M. Fahey, Jr. of the National Geographic Society received The Explorers Club Award for Sponsor of Exploration.


The dinner started with an Exotics Menu featuring scorpions (prepared four ways), sweet sautéed duck tongues, marinated tarantula, broiled vertebrate optic globular capsules prepared with an exotic Asian stuffing and herb sauce, pate of beaver and wild boar, and other non-endangered wildlife.


Since 1904, The Explorers Club has been a meeting point and unifying force for explorers and scientists worldwide. The Explorers Club is an international, professional society dedicated to the advancement of field research, scientific exploration, and the ideal that it is vital to preserve the instinct to explore. The club fosters these goals by providing research grants, educational lectures and publications, expedition planning assistance, exciting adventure travel programs, and a forum where experts in all the diverse fields of science and exploration, can meet to exchange ideas.


For more information on the Explorers Club, membership, and events visit the Explorers Club International at or the St. Louis Chapter’s recently launched site,

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