Lorinda de Roulet
1931/1932 (age 87-88)
|Occupation||President of the New York Mets (1975-1980)|
President of the Patrina Foundation
Vincent de Roulet
(m. 1951; his death 1974)
|Parent(s)||Joan Whitney Payson|
Charles Shipman Payson
Lorinda "Linda" de Roulet (born 1931/32) is an American philanthropist. She is the former president of the New York Mets of Major League Baseball. She served in the role from 1975 through 1980. She succeeded her mother, Joan Whitney Payson, in the role upon her death, and served as president until her family sold the team to Doubleday & Company.
Lorinda de Roulet is the daughter of Joan Payson, the first owner of the New York Mets of Major League Baseball (MLB), and Charles Shipman Payson. Though christened "Lorinda", she prefers to be referred to as "Linda".
In 1975, following the death of her mother, de Roulet was elected team president of the Mets and named to its board of directors. She became the first woman to direct the day-to-day operations of a Major League baseball franchise. She succeeded M. Donald Grant as chairman of the board when he was forced out in 1978.
Charles Payson sold the franchise to Doubleday & Company in 1980. At the time of the sale, de Roulet was succeeded as president by Fred Wilpon. De Roulet remains a fan of the team, attending games after the sale.
De Roulet founded the Patrina Foundation, which supports education and social services for women. She serves on the board of governors of New York Hospital and North Shore University Hospital, on which she is vice chairman of the board of trustees. She has sold artwork collected by her mother, including paintings by Picasso, donating the proceeds to charity.