Alexander D. Henderson III
Alexander D. Henderson III
Private Alexander D. Henderson III, 1944
|Birth name||Alexander Dawson Henderson III|
|Born||March 26, 1924|
Manhattan, New York, U.S.
|Died||May 12, 2020 (aged 96)|
Carmel Valley Village, California, U.S.
|Allegiance||United States of America|
|Service/||United States Army Air Forces|
|Years of service||1943–1946|
|Rank||Private in the Army and Air Force|
Patricia Ford Crass
(m. 1951; div. 1968)
Madonna Marie Schaffner (m. 1970)
Alexander Dawson Henderson III (March 26, 1924 – May 12, 2020), was a business leader, financier and military veteran of the United States Army Air Forces. He competed in American Contract Bridge League events.
Alexander D. Henderson III was born on March 26, 1924, in New York City at the Fifth Avenue Hospital to a prominent family living in Suffern, New York. He was the son of Alexander D. Henderson Jr. of Suffern and Mary Barnes Billings Anthony, of Ridgewood, New Jersey. His father and grandfather, Alexander D. Henderson, Sr., were vice presidents and directors of the California Perfume Company, which later became Avon Products; his great-grandfather was Captain Joseph Henderson from Brooklyn, New York.
Henderson spent his early life in Suffern and Tallman, New York. In 1934, he moved with his family to New York City and later to Englewood, New Jersey.
Henderson went to the private Englewood School for Boys in Englewood, New Jersey in 1938; and a private high school at Williston Academy in Easthampton, Massachusetts in 1941. Henderson was eligible for the G.I. Bill so in 1949, when he moved to California, he enrolled into the Monterey Peninsula College (MPC). In 1952, Henderson graduated from San Jose State University in San Jose, California with a Bachelor of Arts degree.
Marriage and children
On February 17, 1951, Henderson married his first wife, artist Patricia Ford at her parents home in Carmel Valley, California. She is the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Byington Ford. Ford was a prominent Monterey Peninsula real estate developer.
Alex and Patricia were divorced in Broward, Florida in 1968. In 1970, he married his second wife, Madonna Marie Schaffner in Palm Beach, Florida.
On August 4, 1943, Henderson was drafted into the United States Army during World War II at the Newark, New Jersey recruiting station. Henderson transferred to the United States Army Air Forces (AAF) in 1944 as a photographer, Private first class. He was stationed with the 52d Bombardment Squadron, one of the original squadrons of the 29th Bombardment Group. He was in a cadet program for flyers at Lafayette College in Easton, Pennsylvania. He attended the Army Airforce Technical School (AATS) in Sioux Falls, South Dakota in radio operations and mechanics and the Army Air Forces Gunnery School in Las Vegas, Nevada. He was stationed in Cuba, Jamaica, Puerto Rico, and Guam.
Henderson was discharged from military service, by honorable discharge, on March 8, 1946, at Fort Dix, New Jersey.
On July 5, 1957, Henderson moved his family to Hillsboro Beach, Florida to be close to his father who had retired there in 1954. Alex created the Gold Coast Finance Company to provide consumer loans. He sold this company in 1967.
In 2005, Henderson earned enough Masterpoints to win the notable title of “Life Master” from the American Contract Bridge League. A Life Master certificate and Life Master Gold Card were presented to him.
Henderson, age 96, died in Carmel Valley on May 12, 2020.
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- Transscript Of Military Record, Department of the Army, 1953-10-16
- Carter, Jean (1961-07-02). "They Come' N Go Around Pompano". www.newspapers.com. Florida. Retrieved 2020-05-04.
- "Letter from Jay A. Baum from the American Contract Bridge League". api.acbl.org. American Contract Bridge League. 2005-06-25.
- "Alexander Dawson Henderson (1924 - 2020)". LastingMemories.com. Retrieved 19 May 2020.
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