Two towns along the Massachusetts coastline mourned the loss of local icons.
Northeast waterfront advocate and writer Anita "Tink" Martin of Winthrop, Mass., died Sept. 28. For many years she wrote the "Around the Waterfront" column in the Winthrop Transcript.
“She was a tireless advocate for the harbor, for clammers and fishermen, for sailing, for water quality, safer boating, protecting our watersheds, estuaries and harbors, for educating folks about our aquatic world; enjoying it, protecting it and navigating it safely,” friend Josh Aranov wrote in an email to Soundings.
“Tink was co-author of ‘A Cruising Guide to Narragansett Bay and The South Coast of Massachusetts,’ among other accomplishments, which my wife and I made frequent use of while cruising our coastline,” Aranov wrote. “She was something of an expert on tides and tidal phenomena [and] in fact once used to travel the coast from NYC to Calais selling the Eldridge Tide and Pilot book.”
Meanwhile, out on Cape Cod, Dr. Leonard K. Ruby, a surgeon and prize-winning small-boat sailor, died Oct. 3.
Ruby, 70, of Falmouth, Mass., won the El Toro Nationals at age 17 in 1959. He won the Sunfish North Americans in 1982 and sailed for the United States in the 1985 Maccabiah Games.
Ruby established the orthopedic hand surgery division at the Tufts-New England Medical Center and was involved in pioneering efforts to reattach severed fingers and enjoyed a long career in both surgery and in teaching medical students at Tufts Medical School as a full professor.