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Howard Franklin Lippincott Passes Away at 85
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Aug 26, 2005, 21:52

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Howard Franklin Lippincott, boat builder and yachtsman
Oct. 23, 1919 - Aug. 26, 2005

Owner and founder of Lippincott Boat Works, his corporation made one-design racing sailboats and cruising sailboats from the mid 1940ís to 1985 for sailing enthusiasts all over the world, including presidents, princes and world-class sailors. He was the first boat builder to successfully change from fabrication of wooden built Star boats to fiberglass. Howard also enjoyed the sport and was an avid and world renowned sailor, traveling the globe to different regattas.

The last Lippincott Lightnings to come out of the boat works are nearing 35 years old and are still competitive in the circuit. The Lippincott 30 and 36 that were designed by son, Skip (Howard, Jr.) went into production around 1978 and were known for their comfort in although not designed with racing in mind, were also competitive.

His sailing accomplishments include four time winner of the Comet Class Internationals; 1949, 1950, 1954, 1955, Star Class North American Championship winner in 1956, winner of Bacardi Cup Championship in 1963, and a top competitor in the Star Worlds for a number of years. Howard was an Honorary Life Member of the Riverton Yacht Club and the International Comet Class Association and a former member of the Tred Avon Yacht Club in Oxford, MD.

Howard was on the Board of Directors of the Out Island Inn, Georgetown, Exuma, Bahamas during the 1960ís and early 1970ís. He maintained his small craft pilotís rating and enjoyed flying with his wife, Doris, and the children on trips to the Inn for business and pleasure.

Beloved husband of the late Doris Melcer Lippincott, Howard is survived by his sister, Barbara Lippincott Martin and brother, Raymond Lippincott, his six children, Stephen Melcer Lippincott of St. Petersburg, FL, Ann Lippincott Dunlap of Ft. Myers, FL, Howard Franklin Lippincott, Jr. of Riverton, Elizabeth Ballou Lippincott-Mortgu of Riverton, Carol Lippincott Traetto of Fayetteville, GA and Thomas Miller Lippincott of Chestertown, MD, his 16 grandchildren and 10 great grandchildren, and many nieces and nephews

Service will be on Thursday, Sept. 1, 6:00 p.m. at the Calvary Presbyterian Church, 4th and Lippincott Aves., Riverton, NJ. The family will be receiving friends and family at the church between 5:00 pm and 6:00 pm. Interment will be in the Churchís Memorial Garden after the service.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Riverton Steamboat Landing Foundation for the preservation and ongoing renovation of the pier and clubhouse, (P.O. Box 75, Riverton, NJ 08077).

Additional information - contact Beth Lippincott, bethlippincott@comcast.net.



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