Bruce LeFavour, ‘a Good Cook,’ Dies at 84


“He always said, ‘Shop first and see what’s available,’” his daughter recalled, “‘then plan your menu second.’”

Bruce LeFavour was born on Oct. 25, 1934, in Amsterdam, N.Y. His father, William Bruce LeFavour, was publisher of The Amsterdam Evening Recorder, which had been in his family for generations.

His mother, Harriett (Walden) LeFavour, a homemaker, died when Bruce was 11. He later attended boarding school at Phillips Academy Andover, where, he often said, he received an excellent education and learned to think critically. He graduated in 1953 and headed to Dartmouth.

In the summer of 1955, he joined a 900-mile canoe expedition across the harsh Barren Lands of Arctic Canada with five other young men. Known as the Moffatt expedition, after their leader, Arthur Moffatt, it became a notorious example of bad planning as they squandered their time, ran low on provisions, capsized in frigid waters and lost Mr. Moffatt to hypothermia. The others were lucky to survive.

Various accounts have been written of the harrowing journey. Mr. LeFavour wrote his as a novel, but it was never published.

He returned to Dartmouth, then dropped out before his scheduled graduation in 1957 and enlisted in the Army. After Army Language School, he worked as a counterintelligence officer in France, where he said he began his real education.

In 1961, after leaving the Army, he flew to Aspen for a friend’s wedding and planned to return to France but was awed by the mountains and stayed. He married Patricia Saaf in 1963 and they had two daughters.

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