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 BOSTON, Feb. 26 /PRNewswire/ -- John L. Harrington, president, and William B. Gutfarb, vice president-treasurer of JRY Corporation issued the following statement on the death of Jean R. Yawkey:
 Mrs. Jean R. Yawkey died this afternoon, Wednesday, Feb. 26, 1992, as a result of complications from a stroke she suffered last Thursday.
 Mrs. Yawkey was the chairwoman of the board of JRY Corporation, a general partner of the Boston Red Sox baseball team, which was originally purchased by her late husband, Tom, in 1933.
 Mrs. Yawkey attended virtually every home game in Fenway Park since she married Tom in 1944, and she was always involved in the operations of the club. But she made even more of an impact on the community through the millions of dollars she gave to various charities.
 Mrs. Yawkey always avoided personal publicity as she went about helping others in a quiet way. She served as chairwoman of the board of the Jimmy Fund, and participated in the 1990 dedication of the Thomas A. Yawkey Research Laboratories at the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute. The Jimmy Fund, which is the primary fundraising arm of Dana-Farber, has been the official Red Sox charity since 1952.
 Mrs. Yawkey maintained great interest in the care and maintenance of The Tom Yawkey Wildlife Center in Georgetown, S.C. This 40,000 acre preserve was the former winter home of the Yawkey's and was donated to the state of South Carolina by Mr. Yawkey in 1976. The preserve is managed by the South Carolina Wildlife and Marine Resource Department, with funding from The Yawkey Foundation. Mrs. Yawkey's extensive knowledge of the environment and waterfowl permitted her to take a leading role in the oversite of the wildlife center. Mrs. Yawkey also was a strong backer of the Nature Conservancy.
 Mrs. Yawkey has been active in the Tara Hall Home For Boys, located in Georgetown, S.C. She and her husband co-founded the home in 1972. In addition to major financial support of the home and school, Mrs. Yawkey would always remember each boy at Christmas time. Last fall she sent the entire school to an Atlanta Braves play-off game.
 Since moving to Boston on a full-time basis in the 1980s, Mrs. Yawkey became involved in numerous charitable endeavors. She helped to establish the Family Inn in Brookline, a temporary home for families undergoing transplant surgery in Boston area hospitals. She was also a major donor to organizations such as the Pine Street Inn, Rosie's Place, the Boys and Girls Clubs of Boston, the Daniel Marr Boys and Girls Club in Dorchester, the Boston Food Bank's Second Helping Program, the New England Sports Museum, Massachusetts General Hospital, and the Boston POPS Orchestra, whose music she particularly appreciated.
 Mrs. Yawkey also established a number of scholarships over the years to provide educational opportunities to those who otherwise could not afford to further their education.
 Most of all, Mrs. Yawkey loved the game of baseball. She was a true friend to many of the players and the employees of the club. It did not matter if one swept up the park, ran the scoreboard, or made major business decisions. She always had a smile and a kind word for them. The employees of the Red Sox were family to Mrs. Yawkey.
 Besides the Red Sox, Mrs. Yawkey was a big supporter of amateur baseball. She funded the 1984 United States Olympic Baseball team's visit to Fenway Park for an exhibition game against the Boston Park League. The Yawkey Baseball League and the Park League are supported on an ongoing basis by the Yawkey Foundation. The Rookie League, a program to involve inner city youngsters at a very early age with the game of baseball, was a pet project of Mrs. Yawkey. In addition, the College Beanpot Baseball Tournament was born in 1990 with the help of Mrs. Yawkey's support.
 Mrs. Yawkey was also a director of the National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum in Cooperstown, N.Y., and holds the distinction of being the first woman ever elected to serve on its board. In addition to her involvement as a director, Mrs. Yawkey provided leadership funding for the Hall of Fame's recent addition, the Fetzer-Yawkey Building. And, at the time of her death, she, through the Yawkey Foundation, had committed to a major expansion project of the National Baseball Hall of Fame Library.
 In recent years, Mrs. Yawkey received several awards including the Greater Boston Chamber of Commerce 1991 Distinguished Bostonian Award. In 1988, the New England Council of Women Professionals presented Mrs. Yawkey with the First Annual Jean R. Yawkey Award. Each year it is awarded to a woman who embodies outstanding leadership qualities and who significantly contributes to New England's community spirit.
 Jean Yawkey's life was one of labor and love, and now she has passed on to join her husband, Tom, whom she deeply loved and sorely missed since his death 16 years ago. Those who mourn her passing should take heart in knowing how much she was looking forward to the reunion with her husband.
 Private services for Mrs. Yawkey will be held at a later date, in a manner similar to those for her husband, Tom.
 Contributions in her memory may be sent to either:
 Tara Hall Home For Boys
 P.O. Box 955,
 Georgetown, S.C. 29440
 The Jimmy Fund
 Dana Farber Cancer Institute
 44 Binney Street
 Boston, Mass. 02115
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 /CONTACT: Patricia Bigelow, 617-329-7470, for JRY Corporation/

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