Born July 15, 1935 Huntington, NY. Died August 30, 2020 Sunny View Retirement Community, Cupertino, CA
Jean Ann Kirchner, born in Huntington, New York, July 15th, 1935. In high school she met the love of her life Richard (Dick) Eckert, and after marriage (1957), moving around the country first with the Navy, then with United Airlines, they settled in Los Altos, CA. in 1970. Along their way they adopted two boys, Steven (1964) and Peter (1967).
Jean’s love of model ship building, and all things nautical, from a young age continued to grow and in 1982 she founded the South Bay Model Shipwrights. Returning to her hobby first with “kits”, she entered the Dutch yacht Mary 1660 into the Mariners’ Museum 1991 Scale Ship Model Competition, kit class. She was the first woman to ever enter this national competition, and she took Bronze. In 2000 she again entered the competition this time in the semi-scratch division (scratch built except for fittings) with her Nonsuch and took GOLD!