Joan Hecht Lorber

 

 

Age: 80

 

Summary: shipwreck survivor who made headlines in 1939 at age 10 when she survived the sinking of the British passenger cruise liner SS Athenia bound for Montreal from Liverpool, in which the ship was 250 miles northwest of Ireland when it was torpedoed by a German U-boat in the early days of World War II, who along with her governess were among 982 survivors of the sinking, in which 118 passengers were lost.

 

 

Cause of Death: Complications from Parkinson's disease

 

Born: November 19, 1928

 

Died: August 26, 2009

 

Location: Boca Raton, Florida