- The Washington Times - Monday, December 26, 2005

HANSVILLE, Wash. (AP) — Paul Williams, a climber and adventurer who helped establish the modern-day mountain rescue, died Dec. 21 of congestive heart failure. He was 80.

Mr. Williams reached the summit of Mount Rainier at least nine times, searched for Noah’s Ark in Turkey and trekked the Arctic in search of the remains of 19th-century British explorer John Franklin.

Mr. Williams was best remembered for setting up Seattle Mountain Rescue. A guide he wrote for dealing with mountain accidents still is used.

He stopped scaling peaks at age 60 after watching a piece of ice-climbing equipment bounce into an abyss. When he wasn’t going off on exotic trips or rescuing fellow adventurers, Mr. Williams was a lawyer and writer who lived in Seattle, raising eight children.

“Mostly, he was a steam engine, a guy who had unlimited energy, a profound intelligence to go with it, and always carried the heaviest rucksack,” said his son Brian.

Dennis Dadant, 66,Navy commander

Dennis John Dadant, a retired Navy commander who later worked as a scientist, died of cancer Oct. 3 at the National Naval Medical Center in Bethesda. He was 66.

Born March 3, 1939, Cmdr. Dadant was a native of Hamilton, Ill., where he graduated from Hamilton High School in 1957. He attended the University of Illinois, earning a bachelor’s degree in business administration, and received a master’s degree in psychology from the University of Alaska.

After graduating from the University of Illinois, he qualified for Officer Candidate School in Chicago and enlisted in the Navy. He served two tours in Vietnam and performed tours of duty in Taiwan, Maine, Hawaii, Alaska and Virginia.

Cmdr. Dadant retired from the Navy after 23 years of service and settled in Arlington. He made a second career as a scientist and engineer at Raytheon Corp.

He was known as a fine hunter and fisherman and an excellent chef, particularly in preparing and presenting wild game. Several of his recipes appear in Raytheon employee cookbooks.

Survivors include his wife, Gloria Conlan; a daughter, Cristin Dadant of Baltimore; a son, Brian Dadant of Herndon; two brothers; a sister; and a grandson.

He will be buried with full honors at Arlington National Cemetery at 2:30 p.m. Thursday.

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