John Carl "Jack" Hornor, a prominent member of the BoatUS Hurricane Catastrophe Team passed away on October 1 after a brief illness. He was 68.
"Jack was an immense talent and mainstay of the BoatUS Cat Team, said Carroll Roberston, the Senior Vice President of the BoatUS Marine Insurance. "He was a tireless worker with a comprehensive understanding of boats and boat insurance claims."
Jack began his extraordinary career in the Vietnam era, where he served as a Green Beret in the Special Forces and an Army helicopter pilot. He served his country with distinction and then turned his attention to his lifelong love affair with boats. He began by working as a manager of several marinas, including the Fort Lauderdale city marina. In the 1980s Jack began his career as a marine surveyor, first in upstate New York and later in the Annapolis, Maryland area. While working as a surveyor, he studied nights and weekends to get his degree in naval architecture from the Westlawn Institute of Marine Technology. Jack was selected as project naval architect for the restoration of the 113-year-old steam tug "Baltimore", which is docked at the Baltimore Museum of Industry. He was also chosen to survey the Constellation, a revolutionary war era warship, prior to its being moved from Baltimore to the U.S. Naval Academy as part of the ship's birthday celebration.
Jack was widely recognized in the marine industry for his knowledge and cheerful willingness to make boats and boating safer. He volunteered his time as Chairman of the Board at the American Boat & Yacht Council, the group that writes the standards for boat builders and repairers, and was a regional director for the National Association of Marine surveyors.
He is survived by his wife of 25 years, Elaine Dickinson, the former managing editor of BoatUS Magazine. The couple had just moved to Neavitt, a small village on Maryland's Eastern Shore. Elaine said that Jack was never happier than when he was on a boat. "He sailed his whole life", she said, "he really loved being on the water."
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