Mindy King, a friend of Harry & Jeanne Thomas, sent ATC the following note:
“Harry Fitzgerald Thomas, 79, of Nelsonville, died Sunday morning, December 20, 2009 Born June 5, 1930 in Winnebago, Nebraska, he lectured on the Appalachian Trail and Native American Culture & Life. He was considered a legend on the Appalachian Trail and lived on the trail for over 23 years. He had also operated a youth hostel in Maryland near the Appalachian Trail.”
A.T. hikers knew Harry better as “Harry the Indian,” an appellation he accepted. His Winnebago name was Majawasheika, which means “down-to-earth person.”
Harry is survived by his wife, Jeanne. He and “Fireball” met on the A.T. in Georgia when she was attempting a thru-hike in 1987. It was in early April, during a major snowstorm. They hiked portions of the A.T. together and were married the following year. For a while (in the early nineties, I think) they were the managers of the Harpers Ferry AYH Hostel in Knoxville, Maryland. Afterwards, they moved to Ohio, where they periodically gave presentations and taught classes about A.T. in their community and at Hocking College.
From Mindy, here are some links:
An obituary: http://www.athensnews.com/news/obitu...zgerald-thomas
and a fascinating article written in 1998: