Patricia Ford Crass

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Patricia Ford Crass
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Patricia Crass
Born (1923-05-17) 17 May 1923 (age 99)
San Francisco, California
🏳️ NationalityAmerican
🏫 EducationArt Institute of Chicago, Chouinard Art Institute
💼 Occupation
Painting, watercolor
👩 Spouse(s)Alexander D. Henderson III, Richard R. Crass Logo.png Search Patricia Ford Crass on Amazon.

Patricia Ford Crass (born May 17, 1923  – is an American painter and illustrator, trained in figurative and portrait painting. She lives in Palo Alto, California and Carmel, California. She has shown her work in numerous local exhibitions.

Early life[edit]

Patricia Ford was born in San Francisco on May 17, 1923 to a notable economic and political family.[1][2] She is the second daughter of Marion Boisot and Monterey Peninsula real estate developer Byington Ford. Her paternal grandfather was the lawyer and politician Tirey L. Ford.[3] Her maternal gradfather was the banker Emile Kellogg Boisot.[3] Her birth was announced in The Argonaut.[4] She spent much of her youth in Carmel Valley and Pebble Beach, California.[5]


In 1944, Crass studied figurative and still life oil painting at the Art Institute of Chicago. She lived at the Three Arts Club of Chicago.[6] At the Institute in Chicago, she was influenced by the painters, Auguste Renoir and Edgar Degas.[7]

Working as an artist[edit]

In 1948, Patricia and Tommy launched “Pataud” that was the trade name for after-ski and cocktail skirts and sweaters. They sold for $40-$100 and had the local women knitting sweaters and sewing the skirts. They also developed hand painted Ski Postcards.[8]

In 1949, Patricia, and her sister Tommy, appeared as Chorus Liners in The Paisano newspaper at Robles Del Rio, California. She painted the mural decorations and the pretzel barrels.[9]

Pat and Tommy worked at the Telamir Productions of Monterey doing commercial art in 1950. Patricia worked on a new television series based on the wartime exploits of the Flying Tigers. The series was based on a Cosmopolitan magazine story by Larry Moore and starred Richard Denning.[10][11]

In July and Agust 1950, Patricia and Tommy were in charge of the décor for costume parties held in the new Surf Room at the Pebble Beach's Beach Club.[12] In the second in a series of costume parties at Pebble Beach, Patricia and Tommy used their talents in the decorations for the event.[13]

Marriage and children[edit]

On February 17, 1951, Patricia Ford married her first husband, Alexander D. Henderson III, in 1951.[14] Henderson was the son of Alexander D. Henderson, Jr., a former vice president of Avon Products. She has five children.[citation needed]

She married her second husband, Richard Reid Crass, on December 5, 1970, at the All Saints Chapel in Wilmington, Delaware, who was a successful executive vice president at DuPont.[15]


Nude by Patricia F. Crass
Man with saxophone

Patricia participated in many workshops. These workshops allowed Patricia to study on location with some of the finest watercolorists in the nation, including Charles Reid, Robert E. Wood, Jane Hofstetter, Ted Goerschner, Barbara Nechis, Dan Peterson, and Don Andrews. Patricia also studied with Jade Fon founder of the Watercolor Workshops at the Asilomar in Pacific Grove, California.[5]


  1. Press Reference Library, Notables of the West. New York: International News Service. 1915. p. 124. Search this book on Logo.png
  2. Eisner, Judith A. (September 24, 1970). "The fabulous career Byington Ford". Carmel Pine Cone. Retrieved 2020-04-11.
  3. 3.0 3.1 "Family Search Pedigree". The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. 2020. Retrieved 2020-07-05.
  4. "At the Palace". The Argonaut. San Francisco. 1923-06-16.
  5. 5.0 5.1 Bio for Patricia F. Crass Art Show at the Vi (Plaque outside showing). Palo Alto, California: The Vi. 2011.
  6. Ford, Patricia (1944-09-19), Letter to Mrs. Howard W. Ernst, Chicago, Illinois
  7. Ford, Patricia (1945-01-12), Postcard to Mrs. Howard Ernst, Chicago, Illinois
  8. "Ford Girls Entertain". The Carmel Pine Cone. Carmel, California. 1948-09-24.
  9. Graham, Julian (1949-11-15), Party Of The Month
  10. "Telamir To Do Flying Tigers Film Series for TV". Billboard. Monterey, California. 1950-05-25. Retrieved 2020-07-05.
  11. Ford, Patricia (1950-02-18), Pat's 1950 Diary, Monterey, California
  12. "Sisters Patricia". The San Francisco Examiner. Pebble Beach. 1950-07-15. Retrieved 2020-04-27. Unknown parameter |url-status= ignored (help)
  13. "Notes From Pebble Beach". The Californian. Pebble Beach. 1950-08-12. Retrieved 2020-05-28.
  14. "Patricia Ford Becomes Mrs. A. D. Henderson III". The San Francisco Examiner. Carmel Valley. 1951-03-04. Retrieved 2020-04-27.
  15. "Mrs. Henderson, Mr. Crass Wed". The News Journal. Wilmington, Delaware. 1970-12-19. Retrieved 2020-04-27.

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