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 Ernestine “Ernie” Bayer

Ernestine “Ernie” Bayer

Birth
Philadelphia, Philadelphia County, Pennsylvania, USA
Death 10 Sep 2006 (aged 97)
Exeter, Rockingham County, New Hampshire, USA
Burial Cremated, Ashes scattered, Specifically: Ashes scattered in the river next to Phillips Exeter Academy in Exeter, New Hampshire.
Memorial ID 15965902 · View Source
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Athlete, Competitive Rowing Pioneer. She is regarded as the "Mother of American Women's Rowing," who continued to row into her 90's. Her life passion for the sport began when she met future husband Ernest, who won a silver medal at the 1928 Olympics, in the four-oared shell without coxswain. Not satisfied watching her husband row in world-class races, she started the first women's rowing club in 1938 in Pennsylvania, called the Philadelphia Girls Rowing Club. She encouraged other women to row and by the 1960's women athletes were competing in international regattas. In 1976, she was chosen to be a member of the first U.S. Olympic women's rowing committee and in 2000 at age 91, she rowed in the Master's World Championships, winning the women's double. She was the first woman named to the National Rowing Foundation's Hall of Fame, to receive the United States Rowing Medal, to win the United States Rowing's Carlin Award for service to the sport, be nominated for the Sullivan Award and was named one of the sport's Ten Most Influential People of the Century.

Bio by: John "J-Cat" Griffith


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  • Maintained by: Find A Grave
  • Originally Created by: John "J-Cat" Griffith
  • Added: 2 Oct 2006
  • Find A Grave Memorial 15965902
  • Find A Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for Ernestine “Ernie” Bayer (25 Mar 1909–10 Sep 2006), Find A Grave Memorial no. 15965902, ; Maintained by Find A Grave Cremated, Ashes scattered, who reports a Ashes scattered in the river next to Phillips Exeter Academy in Exeter, New Hampshire..