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The Masthead
Dec. 2013 Page 36
John Carl “Jack” Hornor
ohn Carl "Jack"
Hornor, the
Chairman of the
Board for the
American Boat &
Yacht Council
(ABYC) and marine
-industry leader,
died on October 1,
2013 of brain
disease at Hospice
of Queen Anne's, in
Centreville, MD. He
was 68.
Hornor celebrated
life on the water as
a sailor. He was a
naval architect and marine surveyor with many ties to the
recreational boating industry. Hornor was the founder and
owner of Marine Survey & Design Company and was a
mentor to many in the marine industry.
“Jack was a close friend and mentor for me personally and
many of the ABYC staff,” shared John Adey, ABYC Presi-
dent. “His expertise and sage advice will certainly be
One of Hornor’s many specialties was handling damage
claims. He helped salvage hundreds of boats in the aftermath
of Hurricane Sandy and other hurricanes as part of the
BoatU.S. Marine Insurance Catastrophe Team. He also
served as an expert witness in legal cases involving vessels.
“Jack was an immense contributor to the marine industry
and boaters alike, helping them know about boats both as
new purchases and disaster recovery,” said Margaret Pod-
lich, BoatUS President.
In addition to being a very active member with ABYC, Mr.
Hornor was a former Board member of the National Asso-
ciation of Marine Surveyors, and a member of the Society of
Naval Architects and Marine Engineers, the Mid-Atlantic
Mariners Club, and the Miles River Yacht Club.
“Jack managed to make difficult things simple and coupled
that with a great personality,” expressed Dave Marlow,
ABYC Vice Chairman. “He will be missed but not forgot-
“Jack worked with me on several projects,” commented
Westlawn director Dave Gerr. “Not only was he a pleasure
to work with, but he was one of the few people I would
routinely turn to with knotty technical questions. His support
for the boating industry as a whole and for Westlawn and
ABYC in particular was invaluable. Students who’ve
attended IBEX will remember Jack at the Westlawn booth
and the memorable presentation he gave to the student meet
at Mystic Seaport.”
Mr. Hornor was the project naval architect and surveyor for
the restoration of the 113-year-old steam tug
which is docked at the Baltimore Museum of Industry.
In 2004, when the
was moved from
Baltimore's Inner Harbor to the Naval Academy as part of
the ship's birthday celebration, Mr. Hornor was asked to
inspect its hull and make sure it could handle the trip.
Prior to his marine experience, Hornor attended two years of
college in Kansas on a football scholarship before he flew
helicopters during the Vietnam conflict as part of the U.S.
Army Special Forces, and received a degree in business
administration from State University of New York. Follow-
ing his graduation from the Westlawn Institute of Marine
Technology, he managed several large marinas, worked for
the City of Fort Lauderdale, and then started his own marine
survey business.
He is survived by his wife of 25 years, Elaine Dickinson, of
Neavitt, MD, and his sister Judith Parsons, of Las Vegas.
Jack Hornor
Jack on the job—clipboard, knee pads, and flashlight
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