2017-04-20 / Obituaries

Dorrance Hill Hamilton

Dorrance Hill Hamilton, 89, the billionaire Campbell's Soup heiress whose generous hats and more generous philanthropy made her a spirited presence in society and cultural circles of Philadelphia and Newport, passed away April 18, 2017 at her home in Boca Grande, Florida, after an illness.

Born in New York, and raised there and at Bois Dore (“Golden Doors”), a 36-room formal French estate in Newport, Mrs. Hamilton was the granddaughter of John T. Dorrance, who invented the soup-condensing process and became president of the Campbell Soup Company in 1914.

Known as “Dodo,” a nickname she received from her mother, Mrs. Hamilton was a familiar figure at the Newport and Philadelphia Flower Shows.

She attended Foxcroft, a boarding school in Virginia for young ladies, where she met her future husband, Samuel M. V. Hamilton, whose grandfather was president of Baldwin Locomotive Works. They married in 1950. He became a brokerage executive for the firm now known as Janney Montgomery Scott, and died in 1997.

In addition to son S. Matthews V. Hamilton Jr. and daughter Margaret Hamilton Duprey, she is survived by son Nathaniel Peter Hamilton, nine grandchildren, and five great-grandchildren. Services have not yet been announced.

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