memorial service. I desired to
Understand the guy who, though
we never met, had a deep
impact on my life.
the untimely death of my wife
have got great comfort, support and endorsement in the
community. This has been instrumental in my despair recovery.
Lee’s work has given a voice to
my feelings when I didn’t understand
The best way to express myself. Thank
I was saddened to learn of the recent passing
of Lee Baxandall.
Baxandall was instrumental in encouraging nudism, and opening up many sites for individuals to
learn about nudism. His successful attempts have
given all of us the ability to appreciate nudism as a
part of our lifestyle.
Regular at Desert Sun Resort, we get the privilege of looking at the “Lee Baxandall Bridge”,
on February 13, 2003.
over Indian Avenue and connects the Desert
other side of the street. We’ll consistently
look at this bridge with great admiration
naturist community. He’ll be missed very
Desert Sun Resort Palm Springs, California
My remembrance of Lee is very easy. Without https://s3.amazonaws.com/nudistpics/nudists.html Had have
known NOTHING about the naturist movement. When I first
became interested (in 1988) I was able to find in the Kansas City
library just THREE posts that dealt with naturism and naked
and one in a magazine called Trailer Life.
https://s3.amazonaws.com/nude-beach/muriel-nude-beach.html . Without this connection I seriously doubt that I Had have
Lee made it clear from the outset that I was not alone.
He also was really great at recruiting people. He replied all
of my early queries with terse, to the point opinions and, at
one point printed in “N” a rambling essay I Had really meant
Just for a local club newsletter. Like it or not, from that stage on
I was committed (and solicited). The rest, for what it’s worth, is
I regret that Lee was not able to endure for a few more years.
With a more pragmatic and hospitable administration in
Washington, I ‘ve the feeling the pursuit for public access
and acceptance of bare diversion will make important gains.
will continue to be) the most important catalyst.
Lee and Mark Orpen in deep conversation.
In the early days, Lee and I spent
a lot of time on the telephone—no
Email in those days. https://s3.amazonaws.com/nudistpics/nude-beach.html —not all were placed in
the file cabinet either. I do not have any here—long
We were both a couple of bottles of wine into the
after-dinner hour when we came up with the notion
of the first naturist whale watch which we did in
’83. That was the first year Lee moved the Eastern
Naturist Gathering from June to August in order to
accommodate the boating occasion.
Early NAC/NEF board at Empire Haven.
I was also helping to ease the Eastern Assembly
that year and couldn’t be in two places at once.
We did not always see eye to eye and had some heated conversations – read volcanic – but
we always maintained our friendship and commitment to the cause of naturism.
In latter years we drifted apart as can happen over time, but that’s natural progression. He
will be missed. At the same time I think everyone has faith in the leaders you’ve given us
in the ensuing years since he stepped down.
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with the Sun” was talked. Even after the
title was clarified, most folks still did not My sincere condolences to
catch the historical reference to the House the family of Lee Baxandall
Second, although TNS recognized
made a great contribution
that altering names and symbols is always a
High-risk move, it determined that a change would to many individuals who were
offer the opportunity to reinforce the better able to tolerate thembiological value of social nudity by linking selves and their fellow people
the words “nude” and “natural.” The words due to what he did.
are unbiased seeing issues peripheral to
naturism, and focus attention on two of
the core values of naturists: societal nudity
and a sympathetic relationship to the natural environment.
The new name accurately downplayed
any misperception that nudism was fearful of evoking a sun-associated metaphor.
merely a sun-oriented task.
people can love nudism indoors, in the the “American Sunbathing Association”
Shadiness, or at night; and with the mid-1980s to the “American Association for Nude