Joseph Webster Golinkin
2/4/44 - Commander, First CO
The following obituary appeared in the Oyster Bay Guardian in New York, 9 September 1977:
Rear Admiral Joseph Golinkin, Artist, Philanthropist, at 80 Memorial services will be held Monday, September 12, 4 PM, at Christ Episcopal Church, Oyster Bay, officiated by the Rev. Robert T. Hollett, for Rear Admiral Joseph Webster Golinkin, Jr. (USN, Ret.), who succumbed to a heart attack early Thursday morning, Sept. 8, at Glen Cove Community Hospital. He would have been 81 years old today, Sept. 9.
The distinguished naval career of Admiral Golinkin, which gleaned him a long list of medals, probably meant less to him than did his Olympic Gold Medal for his sporting paintings awarded twice in the 30s. A brilliant painter who for four decades has put on canvas the world's important sports scenes, Golinkin has depicted everything from boxing to Meadow Brook Hounds fox hunting to his most recent concentrated love, America's Cup sailing races.
Recent America's Cup paintings are presently on display at the Tennis Club in Newport, RI, where they are being featured in conjunction with the present series, scheduled to start Sept. 13. A recently completed 250-page published album of Twelve Meter Challenges by Norris D. Hoyt, featuring 36 full color Golinkin paintings is scheduled for release this month. Golinkin's works, spanning almost half a century of sports history on canvas, were featured earlier this year in an exhibit at Country Art Gallery, Locust Valley.
A US Navy career spanned both World Wars I and II before Golinkin retired with the rank of Rear Admiral in 1958 after 37 years of service. A native of Chicago, where he attended both art and naval schools, he has had his art works published and exhibited world wide over the years.
In addition to his naval and art careers, Golinkin was a civic-minded resident of long standing at his Oyster Bay residence on Centre Island, which village he served as Mayor for 12 years. His wife, the former Ruth Forman Fowler, who survives him, now serves that village as Mayor.
During the North Shore's bitter battle against a proposed Oyster Bay-Rye Bridge, Golinkin was in the front ranks of the fray, working with the Joint Mayors Committee of 13 villages here, with the City of Rye, the Non-Partisan Civic Association and its Action Committee Against the Bridge, making frequent trips to Washington at his own expense to aid the cause.
A son, Webster Fowler Golinkin, who also survives him, was honored as the first recipient of Centre Island Village=E2=80=99s Distinguished Young Citizen Award. Golinkin was a member of the Seawanhaka Corinthian Yacht Club, the Corinthian Yacht Club of Philadelphia, and of the Century Association, Manhattan. He also was an International Fellow of the Institute of Arts and Letters.
Commander Joseph Webster Golinkin, USNR, was the first CO of USS HILBERT (DE-742), from 4 February 1944 to 25 August 1944. Upon leaving HILBERT, he assumed command of Escort Division 49, made up of USS LAKE (DE-301), Flag, LYMAN (DE-302), CROWLEY (DE-303), REYNOLDS (DE-42), MITCHELL (DE-43) and DONALDSON (DE-44).
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