Mountain survivor dies at 90

PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — Donn Fendler, who as a boy survived nine days alone on Maine’s tallest mountain in 1939 and later wrote a book about the ordeal, has died at 90.

Fendler collaborated with Joseph B. Egan on a book, “Lost on a Mountain in Maine,” which was required reading for many fourth-graders in Maine. He also enjoyed visiting schools to tell his story.

He died Monday in Bangor, Maine, after being hospitalized for failing health, family members said.

“He loved Maine. He loved kids. He loved telling his story to kids to help them keep their cool if they get lost,” his niece, Nancy Fendler, said.