Philip Winston Pillsbury
EducationHotchkiss School (1920)[1]
Yale University (1924)
ParentsCharles S. Pillsbury
RelativesCharles Alfred Pillsbury (grandfather)

Philip Winston Pillsbury (April 16, 1903–June 14, 1984) was chairman emeritus of the Pillsbury Company and a grandson of the cofounder, Charles Alfred Pillsbury.

Early lifeEdit

Pillsbury was born in Minneapolis, Minnesota. His father, Charles S. Pillsbury, was a long-time company director. He graduated from The Hotchkiss School in 1920,[1] and was a member of the Yale College Class of 1924. He was a starting guard on the undefeated and tie-free 1923 football team, an All-American water polo athlete, and a tenor for the Yale Glee Club. Pillsbury died from cancer at Abbott-Northwestern Hospital in Minneapolis.[2][3]


Pillsbury was elected to the board of directors in 1928; in 1940, he became president, and maintained that post after election to the chairmanship of the board in 1951.

Pillsbury started as a laborer at the company. He was a master miller before accepting promotion to sales and management positions. Pillsbury was said to be one of the few milling executives to have a real knowledge of flour milling.[4]


  1. 1.0 1.1 "Alumni Accomplishments". The Hotchkiss School. 2004. Archived from the original on March 10, 2015. Retrieved March 8, 2015.
  2. 'Philip Pillsbury of Minneapolis; Lead Food Products Concern,' Walter H. Waggoner, The New York Times, June 16, 1984
  3. "Pillsbury's Best". Time. March 11, 1940. Archived from the original on October 14, 2010.,9171,789707,00.html. Retrieved March 27, 2018.
  4. New York Times, June 15, 1984, Associated Press story
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