Since she began rowing in 1965, Lois Trench-Hines has been dedicated to the sport of rowing.
Lois advocated for greater access to rowing, particularly for women. Lois played an instrumental role in bringing women’s rowing to the Dad Vail Regatta, and Lois founded a rowing program for her alma mater, Mount Saint Joseph’s Academy—a prep school for young women. In addition, Lois established the Hines Rowing Center and Whitemarsh Boat Club, which afford rowing opportunities to individuals, students, and families outside the lower Schuylkill River.
Lois also stewarded the sport of rowing as a rowing judge-referee, and Lois has been recognized as a lifetime member of the referee commission.
Since 1965, Lois has been a member of Philadelphia Girls’ Rowing Club, where she rowed competitively. As a competitor, Lois represented the United States at the 1973 European Rowing Championships in Moscow, rowing the coxed quadruples sculls with Diane Braceland, Pamela Behrens, Karin Constant and Maureen Donohue.
Lois is also a member of the board of the Pennsylvania Barge Club and a member of the Sedgeley Club.
There are myriad examples of Lois’s contributions to the sport of rowing, all of which lead to the same conclusion: Lois’s impact along our river is immeasurable. The Dr. George Morton Illman Award Committee and the members of Malta Boat Club recognize and congratulate Lois Trench-Hines for her lifelong contribution to the sport of rowing by presenting her with the DR. GEORGE MORTON ILLMAN AWARD.