By By Frederick N. Rasmussen and The Baltimore Sun
May 16, 2014 | 3:40 PM
Molly O. Molter, the last surviving member of the family that owned Owens Yacht Co., who was known as "The Lady Boat Builder," died May 2 of respiratory failure at Genesis Eldercare Spa Creek Center in Annapolis. She was 104.
The daughter of Charles C. Owens, a vice president of Westinghouse Electric Corp., and Mary Agnes Glynn Owens, a homemaker, the former Molly Glynn Owens was born in Brooklyn, N.Y., and moved with her family to Detroit in 1912.
In 1925, they settled in Annapolis, where Mrs. Molter graduated from high school. After graduating from a business school in Washington in 1930, she worked as the secretary to the president of St. John's College in Annapolis.
She was married in 1935 to Fred Warner and moved to London. With the outbreak of World War II, she returned to Annapolis, and in 1940 joined her four brothers who were operating the Owens Yacht Co. Mr. Warner died in 1949.
Mrs. Molter, who was the company's public relations officer, later took over designing the interiors of the company's fabled yachts, earning the sobriquet of "The Lady Boat Builder."