Patricia Hollander Gross of Framingham, formerly of Cambridge and Arlington, died of heart and respiratory failure at MetroWest Medical Center on January 3, 2021, at age 79. She was the beloved wife of the late Louis N. Gross, daughter of the late Carl and Elizabeth (Lea) Hollander; sister of Charles Hollander and his wife Janet; sister-in-law of Gretchen Gross; and aunt of Amelia Hollander Ames, Deborah Gross, Megan Gross, Marcia Ratner, and Sanford Ratner.
Patricia was a photographer, poet, editor, and, as a maker of rosaries, owner of Arlington Beadworks. Patricia and Louis were active in movements for social justice as founding members of the Arlington Civil Rights Committee and many other affiliations.
Patricia graduated George School in Newtown PA, and from Harvard College, class of 1963, where she began her career in photography as staff photographer of the Harvard Crimson. Her photographs recorded a social history of greater Boston, and beyond, in the 1960s, 70s and 80s. In 2000, she earned an MA in Theology at Boston College. Her research included compiling an annotated bibliography of books about the Holocaust which she donated to the Boston College Library. A devout Catholic, Patricia attended the Church of St. Ignatius in Chestnut Hill, and retreats at the Eastern Point Retreat House in Gloucester. Patricia also maintained a loving commitment to her husband Lou’s Jewish communities of Temple Emanuel in Lowell and Havurat Shalom in Somerville.
A private graveside service was held at Mt. Pleasant Cemetery, Arlington, MA. A memorial mass will be celebrated, and a commemoration of her life will be held via Zoom (dates to be scheduled). Donations in her memory may be made to Pine Street Inn, Boston, MA, Eastern Point Retreat House Gloucester, MA, Havurat Shalom Somerville, MA, and Blue Heron Music Ensemble.