Douglas Tompkins

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Tompkins in 2009

Douglas Rainsford "Doug" Tompkins (March 20, 1943 – December 8, 2015) was an American conservationist, outdoorsman, philanthropist, filmmaker, agriculturalist, and businessman. He was born in Conneaut, Ohio.[1] He co-founded and ran two companies: the outdoor equipment and clothing company The North Face and the Esprit clothing company.

On December 8, 2015, Tompkins was kayaking with five others on General Carrera Lake in southern Chile when strong waves caused their kayaks to capsize. Tompkins spent a "considerable amount of time" in waters under 40 °F (4 °C). He was flown via helicopter to a hospital in nearby Coyhaique, where he died from severe hypothermia.[2][3] He was 72 years old and was survived by his wife, two daughters, mother and brother.[4][5]

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  1. Pearson, Stephanie. "Obituary: Doug Tompkins (1943-2015)". Outside magazine. Retrieved 11 December 2015.
  2. "Doug Tompkins Dead in Kayak Accident". Backpacker. Retrieved December 9, 2015.
  3. "Press Release" (in Spanish)
  4. Sarah Kaplan (December 9, 2015). "North Face co-founder turned 'eco baron' Douglas Tompkins is killed in Chile kayaking accident". The Washington Post. Retrieved December 9, 2015.
  5. Jonathan Franklin (December 9, 2015). "Douglas Tompkins, co-founder of North Face, dies after Chile kayak accident". The Guardian. Retrieved December 9, 2015.

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