Obituary: Patricia Henry Yeomans
Yeomans, Patricia Henry — May 31, 1917 – March 13, 2013 Patricia Henry Yeomans passed away on March 13 at her home in Hancock Park at the age of 95. Born on May 31, 1917 in Los Angeles. Her father Bill Henry was a Los Angeles Times reporter, editor and columnist for over 60 years and a Medal of Freedom winner. Her mother Corinne Stanton Henry was a Southern California tennis champion.
Pat competed in tennis her entire life and won several national age-group titles, from US Junior Girls champion in 1935 to US 90-and-over in 2009. She won the National College Girls title twice at Occidental College, where she graduated Phi Beta Kappa. A Masters Degree in Industrial Design reflected her life-long passion for art. In 1938 she married attorney Edgar Yeomans. She is survived by four loving children, Linda Yeomans Craig (Evan Hughes) of Menlo Park, Ann Yeomans of Santa Fe, and twins Bill Yeomans (Suzie) of Pasadena and John Yeomans (Mary-Ellen) of Toronto; eight grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren.
Pat was an inveterate volunteer and campaigner for good causes including First Baptist Church of LA, Grand Jury, Law Advocates, United Way, PTA, scouts, and of course, youth tennis. Pat wrote histories of Southern California Tennis, the Los Angeles Tennis Club, and the First Baptist Church, and was updating the book on Southern California tennis when she died. She co-authored the History of the Olympic Games distributed at the 1984 Games in Los Angeles, wrote numerous articles and distributed educational brochures for youth tennis, Olympics or law. She personally initiated the local campaign to bring tennis to the 1984 Olympics as a demonstration sport, from which it became a full Olympic sport at the Seoul Games of 1988. She co-founded Youth vs. Experience, a tennis team match where young champions were pitted against old champions.
She won many honors for her achievements, including Occidental College Athletic Hall of Fame, Los Angeles USD Athletic Hall of Fame, and Southern California Tennis Hall of Fame, as well as a lifetime achievement award as a founder of the California Grand Jurors Association.