Christine “Cee Cee” Cromwell

Christine “Cee Cee” Cromwell

Pennsylvania, USA
Death 22 Jan 1989 (aged 66)
San Diego, San Diego County, California, USA
Burial Cremated, Location of ashes is unknown
Memorial ID 133938567 · View Source
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Immediate Family:
Daughter of James Henry Roberts Cromwell and Delphine Ione Dodge Cromwell Baker Godde
Ex-wife of FredericK Putnam White; Lt. Edward I Williams, Jr.; Richard Hoffman, Jr. and Raymond Asserson, Jr.
Mother of Asserson
Half sister of Hope Hopkins and Anna Ray Ranger.

About Christine Cromwell
Christine Cromwell (September 10, 1922 – January 22, 1989) was a Dodge Motor Company heiress and socialite in the 1940s and 1950s. She also owned and managed a Saint Thomas, U.S. Virgin Islands night club, 'The Mahogany Club'.


She was born in Pennsylvania on September 10, 1922 to automotive company Dodge Motor Company heiress Delphine Ione Dodge and James H. R. Cromwell an American diplomat. Her mother was the only daughter of Horace Dodge of Grosse Pointe, Michigan, one of the two co-founders of the Dodge Motor Company.

Cromwell married and divorced four men. First husband was Frederick Putnam White of Boston, MA. They married May 1941 in Elkton, MD and divorced 1945 in Palm Beach, FL. They had a daughter in Newport, RI in March 1942. He was a freshman at Brown University when they married.

Second husband was Lt. Edward I. Williams, Jr. of Washington, DC married 1945 in Stamford, CT. He was a lieutenant in the USAAF.[1][3] They divorced in 1950.

Third husband was Richard 'Dick' Hoffmann, Jr. married in 1950, son of a noted Park Avenue psychiatrist. They divorced in 1952.

Fourth husband was Raymond Asserson, Jr. He was the great-grandson of Rear Admiral Peter Christian Asserson. They met when he was performing as a singer at her 'Mahogany Club' night club in Saint Thomas, U.S. Virgin Islands. They married December 29, 1952 in Key West and managed the club together after that. He was known professionally as Bob Ellis and performed in Miami and on radio prior to meeting Cromwell. They had a son, Peter Elgin Asserson, and after 5 years of marriage they divorced in 1957.

When her mother died in 1943 her will revealed that none of the money from the vast Dodge inheritance was to come to neither her ex-husband, James H. R. Cromwell, nor anyone related to him. This effectively cut both Christine and her half-sister Anna Ray 'Yvonne' (Baker) Ranger out of the will.

In 1970 she was a passenger on a DC-9 jetliner ALM Flight 980, leased by Dutch Antillean Airline from Overseas National Airways bound from New York to St. Martin in the Leeward Islands, that crash landed at sea during a driving rainstorm. After clinging to a life raft for over two hours, rescue arrived. 22 of the 57 passengers died. Cromwell told The Bridgeport Post when leaving the hospital in St. Croix that it was "the end of an ugly dream".

Cromwell died January 1, 1989 in San Diego, California, at the age of 66.

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  • Created by: Rachel Keller
  • Added: 6 Aug 2014
  • Find A Grave Memorial 133938567
  • Find A Grave, database and images ( : accessed ), memorial page for Christine “Cee Cee” Cromwell (10 Sep 1922–22 Jan 1989), Find A Grave Memorial no. 133938567, ; Maintained by Rachel Keller (contributor 46608704) Cremated, Location of ashes is unknown.