In Memoriam

(1962 – 2016)

paul judge 01Our journey this year is dedicated to our fallen comrade, Paul Judge. He passed away on March 9, 2016 while climbing the steep and dangerous slopes of Ixtaccihuatl, a 17,159-foot extinct volcano in central Mexico. He was preparing for his 3rd Climb for Water campaign and would have wanted us to continue with our mission.

To say that everyone who knew Paul was shocked and saddened by the news would be a monumental understatement. People would describe him as a friendly, quiet, and unassuming guy, but he had a pronounced impact on everyone he met. Since his death there have been thousands of comments, notes, pictures and memories on Paul’s Facebook page, and mourners were moved to a larger room during his memorial service because of the large number of people who came to pay their respects.

It may sound cliché, but Paul died doing what he loved. Those who knew him best are comforted with the knowledge that he was truly happy. When he wasn’t working he was outside involved in one paul_02adventure after another. Although he left us much too soon, Paul experienced more of life than most of us could ever dream; and he also affected the lives of many others along the way.

Paul was more than an adventurer and water quality practitioner. He was a humanitarian. In a society bombarded daily with bad news, he was the very personification of what is good and right in this world. He believed that all of us have the power to make the world a better place and he lived that way every day of his life. Paul was planning on leading the Climb for Water team this year.

paul judge 3In life Paul Judge was more than a hydrogeologist and outdoorsman. He was a loving son, a beloved brother, a devoted father, and a best friend to everyone he met. He was a man who could take you out of your comfort zone and help you conquer your fears. He was a hero to all of us who knew him and to countless others around the world who never got the chance to meet him.

Please help us fulfill his final wishes.