HINSON--Harry Lee, III, a leading figure in the home furnishings industry, died in Manhattan on September 4, 2014. Hinson was born on March 30, 1938 in Rocky Mount, NC. After attending local schools, he went on to graduate from the Richmond Professional Institute of the Colleges of William and Mary in 1962. Immediately upon graduation, he joined the Executive Training Program at Bloomingdale's where he focused his interest on interior design and became assistant to the firm's widely acclaimed interior designer, Barbara Darcy. Following his successful launch into the international world of interior design, Hinson joined the illustrious retailer Bonwit Teller where he worked with the renowned store president Mildred Custin. Bonwit's, as the store was known, specialized in high-end apparel, catering to an elite "carriage trade." Hinson designed branch stores in the burgeoning suburbs of Westchester County, Long Island and major cities across the country and served as director of interior design for all of the Bonwit Teller stores. While still at Bonwit's, he and three other men opened the wallpaper and fabric firm, Quadrille, which continues to be a major supplier today. In 1971, Hinson inaugurated Hinson & Co., Ltd. It soon became the leading wallpaper and fabric firm in the United States. After Hinson's retirement the firm was acquired by Brunschwig & Fils and has subsequently closed. A lifelong member of the Episcopal Church, Hinson was active in both St. Bartholomew's and St. Thomas parishes in New York City. He was Commander in the Order of St. John of Jerusalem. In 1982, Hinson was chosen to design wallpapers and fabrics for the New American Wing Collection of the Metropolitan Museum of Art. He was selected in 1985 to design the Wildflowers of America fabric and wallpaper collection for Lady Bird Johnson's National Wildflowers Collection. He was a member of the board of trustees of the Kips Bay Boys and Girls Club and served for thirty-three years to organize the Kips Bay Decorator Show House and also as its chairman for many years. He was a member of the board of directors of the Decorative Fabrics Association and a member of the American Society of Interior Designers. In addition to his apartment in New York City, Hinson was a longtime resident of East Hampton, Long Island, New York. At his request, there will be no burial or memorial service. His remains will be interred in the columbarium of the Chapel of The Resurrection at St. Thomas Church, Fifth Avenue, New York City. Harry Hinson is survived by his spouse Tripp March. Hinson and March were companions for twenty-eight years. They were married on June 6, 2013. Memorial contributions may be made to Memorial Sloan- Kettering Cancer Center, 1275 York Avenue, New York, NY 10065.

Published by New York Times on Sep. 14, 2014.
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Harry Hinson was a stoic pioneer in the design field and he brought a lot of happiness and joy to his peers. I want to send my prayers and God's speed to Harry, thank you for your contributions and ability to create laughter among the ruins,
Norma Sams
October 10, 2014
Dear Tripp,
I was greatly saddened to learn of the passing of Harry, and I'm sending you all warmest love and deepest sympathy.
Please, if you come to Paris, give a call. Kind regards Dominic Chambon
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dominic Chambon
October 7, 2014
Tripp - great to hear from you! I am at 207-734-6871
September 25, 2014
Dear Tripp,

I am so sad to learn of Harry's passing. He left his beautiful mark upon the world,and we are all so grateful.

I send you lots of love,

Laurie Tenner
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Laurie Tenner
September 21, 2014
Dearest love and deepest sympathy to you Tripp and Harry's extended loving family. We were friends at Rocky Mount High School.
Lucinda Oliver Denton
September 17, 2014
The end of a long line of men whose lives were intertwined in various aspects of the design world that included Harry Hinson, Billy Baldwin, David Hicks, Van Day Truex, Allen Porter (of MOMA). We were all lucky to have been touched by their taste and influence. RIP Harry. Mark Umbach, Dark Harbor, Maine
September 16, 2014
May the family find comfort in precious memories shared together, and may prayers and the support of loved ones see you through
September 16, 2014
Godspeed to an old high school classmate...
Norm Robinson
September 15, 2014
With condolences to his close friends and family from Peter Afia, Marvic Textiles
Peter Afia
September 14, 2014
For many years I was the beneficiary of all the wonderful work you did for James Robinson. It was my good fortune to have known you as a friend.
Kim Harwood
September 14, 2014
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