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George Whiteley Thornton

George Whiteley Thornton, American investment company executive. Recipient Dirksen Memorial award Pennsylvanians for Right to Work, 1979, Employer of Year award.


  • Thornton, George Whiteley was born on August 11, 1936 in York, Pennsylvania, United States. Son of Henry Moser and Virginia (Whiteley) Thornton.

  • Education

    • Bachelor, University Virginia, 1958.


    • Assistant to president manufacturing Dentsply International, York, Pennsylvania, 1963-1969, vice president manufacturing, 1969-1979, senior vice president, 1979-1985. President, board directors Thornton Group Ltd., since 1985. Chairman, chief executive officer Thornton-White Inc., Charleston, South Carolina, 1986-1992.

      Board directors Dentsply International, York, Commonwealth National Bank (York region).


    Party affiliation: Republican


    Denomination: Presbyterian


    Board directors United Way, York County, 1974-1976. Executive committee National Alliance Businessman, York, 1972-1973, chairman, York metro, 1974-1975. Board directors Pennsylvanians for Right to Work, 1979-1981.

    Board trustees Right to Work Defense and Education Foundation, 1979-1981. Member of The Club at Pelican Bay (Florida), Country Club of York (Pennsylvania), Delta Phi.


    • Married Dianne Fay George, September 9, 1961. Children: Sandra Whiteley, William Foster.
    • father: Henry Moser Thornton
    • mother: Virginia (Whiteley) Thornton
    • spouse: Dianne Fay George
    • children: Sandra Whiteley Thornton
    • William Foster Thornton
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    Born August 11, 1936
    • 1958
      University Virginia
    • 1963 - 1969
      Assistant, to president manufacturing Dentsply International
      York, United Kingdom
    • 1985
      president, s Thornton Group Limited
    • 1985
      board director, s Thornton Group Limited
    • 1986 - 1992
      chairman, officer Thornton-White Incorporated
      Charleston, South Carolina, United States
    • 1986 - 1992
      chief executive, officer Thornton-White Incorporated
      Charleston, South Carolina, United States