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WINTHROP C. III, 80, passed away on October 2, 2014, at Penn Medicine Neighborhood Hospice, West Chester, after a courageous battle with cancer. Born to the late Frances Fullerton Jones and Winthrop C. Neilson, Jr., he grew up in New York City and graduated from Kent School and Harvard University in 1956. Neilson enlisted in the US Army and spent two years in Stuttgart, Germany.
Neilson resided in Hershey's Mill, West Chester with his wife, Demi, and was a member of the Church of the Good Samaritan, Paoli and the Hershey's Mill Golf Club. They spent summers at Ausable Club in St. Huberts NY and lived in Naples FL during the winter.
Neilson was a recognized thought leader in the Investor Relations field and a prolific writer on investor topics. He was a Principal with Georgeson & Company and later a Vice President with D.F. King & Co., Inc., before starting his own business, The Neilson/Hetrick Group, with his wife Demi in 1991. The firm consulted with numerous regional corporations until 2005.
Neilson was a Director of Guardsman Products, Inc., a board member of the National Investor Relations Institute, and served as an adjunct professor in the Graduate Institute of New York University.
Surviving are his wife of 30 years, Mrs. Demaris King Neilson; 3 daughters, Luise R. Neilson; Victoria F. Neilson (Pamela Papish) and Whitney C. Neilson; 2 stepchildren, Demaris Page Hetrick (Asian Clemente) and Norman P. Hetrick, Jr. (Halley); and 7 grandchildren. Also surviving are 2 sisters, Kaleen Neilson Fullilove and Eclipse Neilson; his aunt, Mrs. Barbara L. Neilson; numerous cousins, nieces and nephews; and his former wife, Mrs. Ilse R. Stoner. His brother, John F. Neilson, died in 2007.
A private Memorial Service will be held at West Laurel Hill Cemetery Chapel in the near future. Contributions may be made in his name to Melanoma Center at Abramson Cancer Center of The University of Pennsylvania (215-573-0550) or to The Salvation Army, West Chester Branch.
Published on Philly.com on Oct. 5, 2014
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