Richard’s affection for this place dates to his childhood. He spent the summers of 1958 and 1959 at Camp Treetops before attending North Country School from 1960 to 1963. His service to NCS and Treetops continued from 1973 to 1976 with his tenure as trustee, and he has been a steadfast and generous benefactor for decades. In recent years, though, his commitment grew even deeper, with increased personal involvement in the life of Camp and School.
In October 2013, Richard sat alongside Bill McKibben and Tom Steyer as a panelist on the climate change symposium presented by North Country School and Camp Treetops in New York City. In an evening filled with memorable lines and insightful observations, several people commented afterwards that Richard’s remarks on the effects of large-scale population trauma had been of most interest. Richard spoke as he has on other occasions, choking up with obvious emotion, about the enduring impact on his 14-year-old psyche of watching the sun set behind Round Lake at Camp Treetops, his Lake Hill “epiphany,” as he called it that day, referring to the sunset’s astonishing natural beauty and the expanding sense that he was part of it.