Allen E. Puckett, who made his career in aerodynamic engineering, but was a passionate sailor, and George Baskette, a founding father of the kite community, died recently.
The marine industry mourns the loss of people whose inventiveness and business expertise have been the foundation of its success and helped it grow and prosper.
Rupert L. “Ren” Nichols Jr., president of Allen Harbor Marine Service in Harwich Port, Mass., since 1990, died March 28 after a long illness. He was 66.
Bob “Buddha” Billingham, an accomplished sailor who competed in the 1988 Olympics and the 1992 America’s Cup, died March 30 after a lengthy illness at his Grass Valley, Calif., home. He was 56.
Hobart “Hobie” Alter, surfboard and sailboat innovator, died Saturday in his Palm Desert, Calif., home. He was 80.
George L. “Skip” Allen Sr., of Fort Lauderdale, co-founder of Popular Boating magazine and founder of Southern Boating magazine, died Sunday. He was 84.
Nautique is mourning a friend and strategic partner, Howard Hollis “Bo” Callaway, who died last weekend, and will dedicate the 55th Masters Water Ski & Wakeboard Tournament to his memory. He was 86.
Steve Black, a Midwesterner who did not take to sailing until his mid-30s but became an iconic figure in the industry, died of cancer Monday at the age of 71.
Joanne Jorgensen Deatrick, who with her former husband helped produce and build the Rebel, a 16-foot fiberglass sloop that is still raced throughout the United States, died Tuesday in Toledo, Ohio. She was 89.
Russell G. Lundstrom Sr., of Bristol, R.I., former vice president at Dyer Boats in Warren, R.I., died March 7. He was 94.
Garnett H. Carnahan, founder and chairman of Springfield (Mo.) Marine, died Saturday of a brain aneurysm. The Windsor, Mo., native was 84.