Legendary racer and sailing advocate, John B. “Jim” Kilroy (May 1, 1922 – September 29, 2016), passed away Thursday night at the age of 94.
Mr. Kilroy had an impeccable life in sailing and in business. US Sailing had the opportunity to work closely with Mr. Kilroy over the past several years in developing the Reach Initiative, a STEM education program designed to engage youth in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math through sailing. He always believed that sailing is a positive activity for everyone.
“Mr. Kilroy’s vision and support of the Reach Initiative created a pathway to sailing for thousands of youth around the country,” said Jack Gierhart, Executive Director of US Sailing. “He was a true mentor and visionary and will be greatly missed.”