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Ralph S. Evinrude
Ralph S. Evinrude
  • September 27, 1907 (Milwaukee, Wisconsin) - May 21, 1986
  • Executive in the outboard motor industry, design engineer, philanthropist in Milwaukee and Florida
  • Evinrude's father, Ole, developed the first feasible outboard motor, thus creating both an industry and a new form of recreation. Ralph, after two years at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, joined the management of the family firm, Elto Outboard Motor Company.
Ralph S. Evinrude


Chairman of the Board
Outboard Marine Corporation
Evinrude's father, Ole, developed the first feasible outboard motor, thus creating both an industry and a new form of recreation. Ralph, after two years at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, joined the management of the family firm, Elto Outboard Motor Company. Outboard Marine and Manufacturing Company, the result of two mergers in 1936, elected him president and a director. He served in several other capacities until he became board chairman of Outboard Marine Corporation in 1963, serving until 1980. His special interest lay in modem styling of the motor and in technical changes, but he also expanded the company's product line to include other marine and non-marine products such as boats, power lawn mowers, snow mobiles, and chain saws. He extended the company's operations world-wide.

During his lifetime, Evinrude created foundations to serve the boating industry and his special philanthropic interests. Some of his interests focused on Florida, but others, continuing after his death, benefited Milwaukee-area hospitals, institutions of higher education, and arts organizations.