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June 6, 2017 Donna Dahl, who served as executive secretary and assistant to hotelman Barron Hilton for more than 50 years, lived a full and joyful life that reflected the optimism and dynamic success of Hilton Hotels Corporation over the last half century. Dahl continued to work in Hilton's office until recent weeks, and passed away peacefully at her Brentwood home on June 6, surrounded by close family and friends. She was 84. The daughter of Lucille and Gilbert Criner and sister of Terry Criner, Dahl grew up in Lake Geneva, Wisconsin. After working as a legal secretary for the local law firm of Taggert & McCullow, she was hired in 1958 by Chicago attorney Gregory R. Dillon of Friedman & Koven, which served as Hilton Hotels' general counsel. In 1963, she joined Dillon in working directly for the company's president, Conrad Hilton. Two years later, both Dillon and Dahl transferred to Beverly Hills to work for Conrad's son, Barron, who would succeed his father in 1966. For the next 30 years, Dahl worked closely with Barron Hilton during his dramatic expansion of the company as chairman, president and chief executive officer, and assisted him with his charitable work and outside business interests. In recognition of her tremendous contributions to the company, she was promoted to executive assistant in 1983. Although Hilton retired as CEO in 1996, Dahl remained the senior member of his personal staff for 20 additional years. Dahl is survived by her beloved cousins in Wisconsin and Texas, and legions of friends she made during her lifetime of service to Hilton Hotels. A memorial mass will be held July 29 at the Church of the Good Shepherd in Beverly Hills at 10 a.m. Donations would be graciously accepted in Dahl's honor at two of her favorite charities: the Marilyn Hilton Center for MS Achievement at UCLA, and the City of Hope in Duarte, Calif.
Published in the Los Angeles Times from June 22 to June 25, 2017
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