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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.


Bachelor of Science in Economics, Albright College, 1944; Doctor of Laws (honorary), Albright College, 1974; postgraduate, Harvard Business School, 1944-1945; postgraduate, Temple University, 1953-1954; D. Commercial Science (honorary), American International College, 1984; Doctor of Laws (honorary), Colgate University, 1985.


Sales representative, Dun & Bradstreet, Inc., Reading, Pennsylvania, 1946-1950; manager, Dun & Bradstreet, Inc., Trenton, New Jersey, 1950-1951; assistant business manager, Milton Hershey School, Hershey, Pennsylvania, 1953-1957; board of managers, Milton Hershey School, 1964-1985; Chairman of the Board managers, Milton Hershey School, 1981-1984; with, Hershey Foods Corporation, 1957-1985; director sales and marketing, Hershey Foods Corporation, 1965-1967; vice president sales and marketing, Hershey Foods Corporation, 1967-1971; group vice president, Hershey Foods Corporation, 1971-1976; vice chairman, chief Executive officer, Hershey Foods Corporation, 1976-1984; Chairman of the Board, Hershey Foods Corporation, 1984-1985; also director, Hershey Foods Corporation retired, Hershey Foods Corporation, 1986. Board directors Carpenter Technology Corporation, Reading, Pennsylvania, Dun & Bradstreet Corporation, New York City, AMP Inc., Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, Super Valu Inc., Minneapolis, Guideposts Associations.


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.

William Edgar Chambers Dearden

Nellie (Maloney) Dearden

Mary Kline

Bonnie Lynne Dearden

Pamela Kay Dearden