The beloved wife of Tom Yawkey, Jean Remington Yawkey (nÃ©e Hollander) spent several years alongside her husband overseeing various aspects of the ballclub while he ran the team. When Tom passed away in 1976, Mrs. Yawkey succeeded her husband as the team's president and assumed control of the club's day-to-day operations. As the primary beneficiary of the Yawkey Estate, she led the team through the immediate aftermath of her husband's passing, before the Yawkey Estate sold the franchise to a partnership including Mrs. Yawkey, Edward "Buddy" LeRoux and Haywood Sullivan in 1978. As a result of this transaction, Mrs. Yawkey continued to charter the team until her passing in 1992.
Jean Hollander grew up in Freeport, Long Island and was a New York fashion model before becoming Mrs. Tom Yawkey in 1944. Along with her husband, Mrs. Yawkey supported many philanthropic causes, including as a trustee of the Yawkey Foundation. She was also the first woman to be elected a director of the National Baseball Hall of Fame in Cooperstown, New York.