TEWKSBURY, NJ - Clarence and Anne Dillion will be the subject of a talk by local historian W. Barry Thomson hosted by the Tewksbury Historical Society.
Clarence Dillon, whose large family estate was "Dunwalke" in Bedminster, was one of the most successful and wealthiest investment bankers of the 1920s. His wealth and position enabled his family - Clarence, wife Anne, and children Dorothy and Douglas - to pursue their passions of public service, philanthropy, education, art, design, and architecture on a global scale.
The event will be held at 6:15 at p.m. Sunday, Nov. 17, at Fairmount Presbyterian Church Community House, 247 Old Turnpike Rd., in the Fairmount section of Tewksbury. The free talk is open to the public.
Preceding the talk is a covered dish supper at 5 p.m., also open to the public, with a request to bring a covered side dish or dessert to share.
After briefly covering Dillon's personal background and his career at the investment firm of Dillon, Read & Co., Thomson will focus on the Dillon family's many accomplishments and outside passions, their homes and other built projects around the world in New Jersey, New York City, Paris and the Bordeaux wine region of France (the Dillon Family has owned the legendary Chateau Haut-Brion vineyard since the 1930s), Jamaica, the coast of Maine, churches in Peapack-Gladstone, Washington and Geneva and libraries in Bedminster and Paris.
Thomson's presentation will include the career of the Dillon's son, Douglas, who served as ambassador to France and undersecretary of state under President Eisenhower, Secretary of Treasury under Presidents Kennedy and Johnson, and president of the Metropolitan Museum of Art.
Born and raised in Peapack, Thomson received his undergraduate degree at Drew University, and took architecture and urban planning courses at Harvard University. He was a David Rockefeller Fellow, a Program sponsored by the New York City Partnership. He co-authored with the late Jack Turpin the two-volume work "New Jersey Country Houses: Somerset County."
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