less educated, he would spare no attempt to
defend the rights of others.
Those people who were privileged to know
him as I did for over twenty years, could not help
but stand in awe of a larger than life man, who
would not compromise when it came to doing
what he believed was right. To be around him
when he was used up by an issue was akin to
being next to a tornado.
The mark he made not just on nudism,
but on countless individuals who he challenged,
mentored and supported will be a lasting
legacy for a guy whose life was really a gift to so
We have just learned of the passing of
Lee Baxandall. We Cunninghams, talking both for ourselves and Naturist LIFE
International, offer our condolences to
TNS and all who adored Lee.
We first became acquainted with him
in the early 80s, entering into what Lee
termed in a gift book inscription, a “disputatious camaraderie.” Despite our
many disagreements, our reciprocal regard
was never diminished. Now that he
truly understands the naked Truth, he is, alas,
unable to share it.
We understood Lee as possessing high personal integrity, ever honest, generous
and particularly honest. He’s been in http://teennudist.net .
Requiescat in pacem ,
Jim & Linda (Maggie) Cunningham
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Though inevitably succumbing to the insidious illness which caused his premature retirement
years ago, Lee Baxandall will long stay in my memory as the highest voice for wholesome
body approval in a 20th century American culture warped by religious extremism and commercial misogyny. I am profoundly saddened that he didn’t live to see greater progress from all his
insightful writings and tactical contributions over several decades towards improving natural
nudity and individual sanity.
Lee deserves eternal gratitude nicely beyond naturist circles for leading such a transformative social mission, for few have the fearless intellect and sheer ability to even attempt it, considerably
less courageously persevere as long as he did. Whenever challenged or participated he never
suffered from a deficiency of self-confidence, and his personal ethics consistently let him to talk
from high ground. The Naturist Society supplied him the perfect stage together with a customized
vehicle for expansion of his theories.
An inspirational, thoughtful leader, he became a good buddy to Lupin beginning in the
mid-1980’s with a chain of Western Parties, two liberally held despite the problematic
aftermaths of a wildfire and an earthquake.
Ever a creative entrepreneur, he was also a fellow creator of TANR, the Trade Association
for Nude Recreation, and a co-developer of the cooperative internet outreach program which
continues to educate a large mainstream audience of clothing-free getaway selections. He helped
shape coherent, precious public standards, as he did with every organization he supported.
His naturist publications, the attractively exemplified World Guides and the ever insightful
N Magazine, uniquely qualified for critical shelf-space in progressive-mainstream bookstores long
before the Internet emerged in the mid-90’s. Until then that narrow window provided the only
credible public exposure to the very existence of naturist choices, an otherwise overly well kept
I greatly respect the way Lee has passed on the heritage of http://nudism.name/nudism.html , which is worth
building upon by all who respected it and him. I’ll forever remember and miss the special friend
he was to me in good times and bad.
Paths set and footmarks trod with
no short pants above,
Or wraps below. Not on our
beaches or around our hearts
Thanks to him.
Glyn Stout and Lee Baxandall appreciate a minute at Lupin Lodge.
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Approval and social nudity. Articles have
appeared discussing paintings, sculpture,
opera, theatre, performance art, literature,
and theater. TNS has supported a number
of artists who’ve shown particular gift in
Acquiring naturist themes in an aesthetically pleasing way. TNS has sponsored
workshops in art modeling, figure drawing,
silk screening, watercolor painting, acting, dancing, photography, and music. In
1997 and 1998 TNS even hosted clothing-optional Northwest Jazz Festivals near
Seattle, Washington, featuring top jazz
musicians of the region.
Baxandall Passes the Torch
Although Lee Baxandall had for a very long time
encouraged esteem for one’s own body and
that of others, his own began to fail him. A
Long term battle with Parkinson’s Disease
left him mentally alert and vigorous, it
began to take its toll on him physically.
In 2002, Baxandall decided to sell The
Naturists, Inc. to three girls who had
“Working as NAC’s lobbyist
in Washington, DC, demanded
that I look first and foremost to
Lee Baxandall as my mentor
and critic. This was challenging, frustrating…and a delightful
adventure. I learned to love
and regard Lee as a titan, a
bulldog, a persistent and joyous leader. He will stay living