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.
Deatrick was born Joanne Jorgensen, but was known locally as Joanne Greene after her marriage to Raymond P. Greene, according to an obituary in the Toledo Blade.
She was an avid sailor and a key part of her husband’s business, Ray Greene and Co., which produced the Rebel.
“They were very successful, and in between the business, she was Mrs. Toledo 1952,” said Kathy Greene, the oldest of Deatrick’s three children. “She was actively involved in the business, setting up boat shows, trailering sailboats wherever they needed to go and in the early years organizing regattas for the Rebel and Nipper class sailboats that Dad’s company manufactured.”
Deatrick founded and was president of the WinYacht Agency, a public relations and advertising agency that specialized in the marine industry. It chiefly dealt with Ray Greene and Co. business.
“One of the things that I am most proud of is that she was the first female on the Boating Industry of America’s board of directors, which is now the National Marine Manufacturers Association,” Kathy Greene told the Blade.