July 12, 2011 at 12:38 PM

Renaissance Woman: Patricia French

"Having tea one morning with Pat French was a pleasure for me, this Renaissance lady sparked my ideas, my courage and my vision."

By Greta Chapin McGill

Santa Fe Fashion and Style

Greta is an artist, writer and renaissance woman

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I met Patricia French one evening at the Lensic Theatre, I knew she was a special lady. Pat French championed historical recognition of women in the State of New Mexico. In her travels around the state, she noticed, of the 500 historical markers in New Mexico, only one recognized the accomplishments of women. Working with the Mexico Historic Women's Marker Initiative in 2005, she helped raised over $300,000 to recognize the accomplishments of women and erect 66 markers across the state honoring the women of New Mexico. "New Mexico is a place without barriers for women," she said during our interview.

Her words gave me the personal encouragement to try new things on my journey and be fearless. Pat came to Santa Fe from New York. She was an early childhood teacher;  the school she founded in Brooklyn, Open House Early Childhood Center, is still in existence today. As a realtor in Santa Fe for over 20 years, her agency, French and French Fine Properties, which she ran with her husband Micheal, grew, as did her love for the City Different. In her capacity as the head of the firm's marketing and public relations, her insight into the future led to the creation of SantaFe.com. Last year, the French's sold the site to current owners Hutton Braodcasting. "You don't own anything in this life. You are a steward," she said. "There is no society unless you bring it!"

Pat is co-founder of Dollars4Schools. Administered in partnership with the Santa Fe Community Foundation, Dollars4Schools raises money through direct giving to benefit specific classroom needs for Santa Fe public school children.

My morning tea with Pat French was a pleasure -- this renaissance lady sparked my ideas, my courage and my vision. Thanks Pat! 

Photo By:
Athi-Mara Magadi
Santa Fe Originals
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