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William Edgar Chambers Dearden

William Edgar Chambers Dearden, American former chocolate company executive.


  • Dearden, William Edgar Chambers was born on September 14, 1922 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States. Son of William Edgar Chambers and Nellie (Maloney) Dearden.

  • Education

    • Bachelor of Science in Economics, Albright College, 1944. Doctor of Laws (honorary), Albright College, 1974. Postgraduate, Harvard Business School, 1945.

      Postgraduate, Temple University, 1954. Doctor Commercial Science (honorary), American International College, 1984. Doctor of Laws (honorary), Colgate University, 1985.


    • Sales representative Dun & Bradstreet, Inc., Reading, Pennsylvania, 1946-1950, manager Trenton, New Jersey, 1950-1951. Assistant business manager Milton Hershey School, Hershey, Pennsylvania, 1953-1957, board managers, 1964-1985, chairman board managers, 1981-1984. With Hershey Foods Corporation, 1957-1985, director sales and marketing, 1965-1967, vice president sales and marketing, 1967-1971, group vice president, 1971-1976, vice chairman, chief executive officer, 1976-1984, chairman board, 1984-1985, also director, retired, 1986.

      Board directors Carpenter Technology Corporation, Reading, Pennsylvania, Dun & Bradstreet Corporation, New York City, AMP Inc., Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, Super Valu Inc., Minneapolis, Guideposts Associates.


    Member board managers Master of Science Hershey Foundation, 1964-1985. Trustee Albright College, since 1965. National chairman Years of Challenge capital campaign, 1974-1976.

    Board directors Horatio Alger Awards Committee, 1978, Robert Schuller Ministries, since 1984. Vice chairman, board directors Food Industry Crusade Against Hunger, since 1989. National food manufacturing chairman United States Industrial Payroll Savings Committee, 1980.

    Member president' advisory council Eastern College, 1984-1988. The President' Council on Fitness and Sports, 1984-1988. Board directors School Business Administration Sponsors, Inc., College William and Mary, 1985-1988.

    Served to lieutenant United States Naval Reserve, 1943-1946, 51-53. Member of since 1974), Rotary (Hershey past president), Masons (33d degree, past president Hershey Shrine.


    • Married Mary Kline, July 10, 1944. Children: Bonnie Lynne, Pamela Kay.
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    Died May 10, 2003
    (aged 80)
    • 1944
      Albright College
    • 1974
      Albright College
    • 1945
      Harvard Business School
    • 1954
      Temple University
    • 1984
      American International College
    • 1985
      Colgate University
    • 1946 - 1950
      Sales representative Dun & Bradstreet
      Reading, United Kingdom, United Kingdom
    • 1953 - 1957
      assistant, business manager Milton Hershey School
      Hershey, Nebraska, United States
    • 1967 - 1971
      with Hershey Foods Corporation
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