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Sailing Figure Lippincott Dies

April 15, 1998

EASTON, Md. (AP) _ Robert Louis Lippincott, a sailor and businessman whose company helped revolutionize sailboat design, died Monday of pneumonia. He was 80.

In 1946, he and his brother, Howard, founded Lippincott Boat Works. The Riverton, N.J.-based company became one of the largest builders of racing sailboats in the world. Lippincott remained president until his retirement in 1974.

In the late 1950s, the Lippincotts were at the forefront of the transition from wood to fiberglass boats. Lippincott-designed boats have won numerous national and international championships. America’s Cup contenders Dennis Conner and Tom Blackaller won their first world championships in Lippincott Stars.

Lippincott’s personal successes in sailing include the 1950 World Championship in the Star Class, and he was a five-time winner of the Mid-Winter Championship in Havana, Cuba.

Before moving to Maryland’s Eastern Shore in 1971, he established Lippincott Sailing Yachts as a yacht sales and marina facility in Grasonville, Md. He remained president until his retirement in December 1997.

Lippincott is survived by his wife, five sons, four brothers, two sisters and seven grandchildren.

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