Jean Remington Yawkey (January 24 1909 - February 26 1992) was a the wife of Tom Yawkey and owner of the Boston Red Sox from his death in 1976 to her death in 1992.
She was a native of Brooklyn, New York. As Jean Hollander, she grew up in Freeport, Long Island, and was a New York fashion model for ten years before becoming Mrs. Tom Yawkey in 1944, in Georgetown, South Carolina.
Boston Red Sox
Mrs. Yawkey's husband, Tom, became owner and president of the Boston Red Sox
. The family owned and operated the team for more than 60 seasons, with Mrs. Yawkey taking over as the team's president after her husband's death in 1976
and serving in that role until her own passing.
Mrs. Yawkey was chairwoman of the board of directors of the JRY Corporation
, the majority owner and general partner of the Red Sox. In addition to attending virtually every home game, Mrs. Yawkey actively participated along with other JRY Corporation officers in management issues involving the team.
During World War II
, Mrs. Yawkey was active with the Red Cross
. She had a long association with New England's famed Jimmy Fund
/Dana-Farber Cancer Institute
, as a Trustee and for a period as Chair of the Board. She was active in Tara Hall Home
and School for Boys
in South Carolina, and she was instrumental in the establishment of the Family Inn
in Brookline, Massachusetts
, a temporary home for families of patients undergoing transplant surgery in Boston
area hospitals. She was also a Trustee of Yawkey Foundation I
, which supports the 21,000 acre (85 km²) Tom Yawkey Wildlife Center
, willed by her late husband, a dedicated conservationist, to the South Carolina Heritage Trust
A firm believer in equal opportunity
, Mrs. Yawkey and the Yawkey Foundations established scholarship funds at Yale University
, Boston College
, and Boston College High School
, was a supporter of the Jackie Robinson Scholarship Program
, and supported several other educational institutions to provide minority students and others with scholarship aid. Numerous humanitarian, educational, cultural and athletic activities, including the Boys & Girls Clubs of Boston
, the Boston Park League
, Boston Pops and Symphony Orchestras
, Massachusetts General Hospital
, John F. Kennedy Library
, University of Massachusetts
, New England Aquarium
, and the Boston Food Bank
supported by Mrs. Yawkey and the Yawkey Foundations.
Baseball Hall of Fame
Mrs. Yawkey was a Director of the National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum
in Cooperstown, New York
, holding the distinction of being the first woman ever elected to serve on the board of that baseball shrine. In 1991, the Greater Boston Chamber of Commerce
inducted Mrs. Yawkey into the Academy of Distinguished Bostonians
Jean R. Yawkey died in Boston, Massachusetts
at the age of 83.