Charles Dewey Hilles Jr., Skull & Bones 1924

The direct personal link between the American Cancer Society and the Third Reich

Charles Dewey Hilles Jr. (1902-1974) was Treasurer of the American Cancer Society in 1945 and its Secretary from 1946-52. He was director-at-large of the ACS and its predecessor from 1939 to 1959, Chairman of the Executive Committee in 1954, and Vice Board Chairman in 1957; and subsequently an Honorary Life Director of the ACS. (Cancer Society Elects. New York Times, Mar. 9, 1947; Will Help Cancer Drive. New York Times, Mar. 24, 1949; Cancer Society Will Be Assisted At Fete Dec. 12. New York Times, Nov. 9, 1958.) He graduated from Yale a year before former Wisconsin Governor Walter J. Kohler Jr., another longtime officer of the ACS, whose father had become the Republican governor of Wisconsin in 1929.

Know Your Board of Directors, ACS 1956 [p. 6] / UCSF (pdf, 13 pp)
Know Your Board of Directors, ACS 1957 [p. 7] / UCSF (pdf, 13 pp)
Know Your Board of Directors, ACS 1958 [p. 7] / UCSF (pdf, 13 pp)
Know Your Board of Directors, ACS 1959 [p. 9] / UCSF (pdf, 17 pp)
Know Your Board of Directors, ACS 1961 [p. 4] / UCSF (pdf, 36 pp)
House of Delegates and Board of Directors, ACS 1966 [p. 4] / UCSF (pdf, 43 pp)
House of Delegates and Board of Directors, ACS 1968 [p. 4] / UCSF (pdf, 43 pp)

Charles Hilles was an usher for his Bones 1924 classmate, Sherman Ewing, who married Mary Peavey Heffelfinger, the daughter of Frank Totten Heffelfinger and granddaughter of Frank H. Peavey, the Minneapolis grain elevator magnates. Her brothers, Frank Peavey Heffelfinger, S&B 1920, and George Wright Heffelfinger, S&B 1924; and Revell McCallum, Charles Marville Spofford, William Davis Melton, and John Cabot Diller, all S&B 1924, were also ushers. (Ewing-Heffelfinger. New York Times, Sep. 20, 1925.) He was also an usher at the wedding of his Yale '24 classmate Allen Aloysius Ryan, the grandson of tobacco financier Thomas Fortune Ryan, who declined election to Scroll & Keys (Yale Tap Day Brings Honors To Juniors. New York Times, May 18, 1923.) Ryan's ushers also included Thomas Frederick David Haines, Clifton Samuel Thompson, and Edwin Foster Blair, all S&B 1924; James T. Babb, Elihu Club '24; and Charles H. Sabin Jr. (Janet Newbold Weds A.A. Ryan Jr. New York Times, Feb. 6, 1929.) Guests at the pre-marital dinner for the Hilles's son and daughter-in-law-to-be included the Mr. and Mrs. Revell McCallum, Mr. and Mrs. Sherman Ewing, Mr. and Mrs. Clifton Thomson, Mr. and Mrs. William Mallory, Mr. and Mrs. Edwin Blair, William T. Lusk, Frederick Haines, and George F.B. Appel, all S&B 1924; and Kenneth Ives and Frederick Sheffield, Scroll & Keys 1924. (C.D. Hilleses Give Dinner. New York Times, Mar. 16, 1929.) Lusk was the son of Graham Lusk, and grandson of Dr. William T. Lusk.

Charles D. Hilles Jr. was associated with the law firm of Root Clark Buckner and Ballantine from 1928 to 1931. He was Secretary of the Bondholders' Protective Committee for holders of bonds sold through the F.H. Smith Co., and of the Greater New York Real Estate Bondholders Committee, both of which were chaired by George Emlen Roosevelt. (Display Ad 46. New York Times, May 16, 1930 p. 44; Organize to Guard City Realty Bonds. New York Times, Jan. 18, 1932.) He joined International Telephone & Telegraph as assistant general attorney and assistant secretary in 1941, and was elected secretary in 1942. (Two New Officials Elected By I.T.&T. New York Times, Aug. 12, 1942.) The head of I.T.&T. had been a member of the Republican National Committee while Hilles's father was chairman. Hilles was elected Vice President, along with Henry C. Roemer, who later became a director of RJ Reynolds Tobacco. (Elected Vice Presidents of I.T.&T. New York Times, Feb. 8, 1944.) He was elected a director in 1946. (I.T.&T. Vice President Is Named as a Director. New York Times, Apr. 9, 1946.) I.T.&T. made "numerous payments" to Heinrich Himmler in the late 1930s, and through subsidiaries during World War II. (Chapter 5, I.T.T. Works Both Sides of the War. In: Wall Street and the Rise of Hitler. By Antony C. Sutton.) George Emlen Roosevelt, Lansing P. Reed, and other members of the Guaranty Trust are implicated in this exploit.

Sutton, Ch. 5, Wall Street and the Rise of Hitler / Reformed-Theology

In 1947, his father-in-law left a large estate to be divided equally among his five children ($1,244,573 Willed By Arthur C. Train. New York Times, Oct. 30, 1947.) In 1949, Hilles was elected a director of the Downtown-Beekman Hospital. (Elected to Board of Hospital. New York Times, Jan. 31, 1949.) In 1952, Hilles was elected director of the Royal Typewriter Company, whose chairman was his old classmate, Allan A. Ryan. (Executive Changes. New York Times, Jan. 16, 1952), and a vice president and general attorney of I.T.&T. (Take New High Posts With I.T.&T. New York Times, Feb. 15, 1952.) Hilles was the special legal advisor to the U.S. High Commissioner for Germany, James B. Conant, from 1954-55 (New Yorker Sworn In As Conant Legal Aide. New York Times, Apr. 21, 1954.) Conant, who succeeded John J. McCloy, was a founding member of the National Advisory Cancer Council of the National Cancer Institute.

After leaving this post, Hilles was elected a director of the Taft School (Taft School Elects Three. New York Times, Oct. 2, 1955.), promoted to executive vice president at I.T.&T. (I.T.&T. Units Promote Three. New York Times, Jun. 4, 1956.), and joined the board of the Royal McBee Corporation (I.T.&T. Officer Added To Royal McBee Board. New York Times, Oct. 4, 1956.) Also, Hilles's daughter, Lee, married Gunther Klaus Wertheim, a member of the technical staff of Bell Telephone Laboratories in Murray Hill, N.J., in the Protestant Episcopal Church of the Epiphany. (Miss Lee Hilles is Married Here. New York Times, Sep. 9, 1956.) In 1957, when he was elected a director of the New York Trust Company, Hilles was executive vice president and a director of the International Telephone and Telegraph Corp; a member of the U.S. Advisory Board of the Zurich General Liability and Accident Insurance Co. Ltd., American Guarantee and Liability Insurance Co., Aglic Investing and Management Co., and a director of the Royal McBee Corporation [which was acquired by Litton Industries in 1965]. (New Director Chosen By New York Trust Co. New York Times, May 23, 1957.) His fellow directors of the New York Trust included Malcolm P. Aldrich, S&B 1922; B. Brewster Jennings; and Arthur K. Watson, President of I.B.M. World Trade Corporation. (Display Ad 283. New York Times, Oct. 2, 1957 p. 47.)

In 1959, Hilles was elected a director of the International Holdings Corporation (High Officer at I.T.&T. Named Fund Director. New York Times, Jul. 21, 1959), a closed-end investment fund whose officers H.W.B. Schroder, chairman of Schroders Ltd. (Lord Perth Gets Post At Investment Concern. New York Times, Jun. 20, 1962); John I. Howell, President of J. Henry Schroder Banking Corp. and Schroder Trust (International Holdings Names New Director. New York Times, Jan. 7, 1965); and Edmund Bartlett, President of J. Henry Schroder (International Holdings Elects New President. New York Times, Dec. 22, 1967.) Hilles retired as a director of I.T.&T. in 1969, and died in 1974. (Charles D. Hilles, Ex-I.T.T. Officer. New York Times, Apr. 30, 1974.)

Charles D. Hilles Sr.

Charles D. Hilles Sr. (!867-1949) was the Secretary of President William Howard Taft (S&B 1878) from 1911-12; chairman of the Republican National Committee from 1912 to 1916, and national committeeman from New York from 1920-1937. "The influence of Mr. Hilles increased greatly upon the accession of Calvin Coolidge to the Presidency. During the seven years of Mr. Coolidge's occupancy of the White House no New York appointments were made without the approval of Mr. Hilles and James W. Wadsworth [Jr., 1877-1952, Skull & Bones 1898], then United States Senator" [1915-27, and US Represenative 1933-50]. Hilles's father was descended from Hugh Hilles, who emigrated from England in 1743 and settled in Philadelphia; and his mother was a member of the Lee family of Virginia, whose uncle, Charles Dewey, was a cousin of Admiral Dewey. Hilles was a director of the Otis Elevator Co., American Smelting and Refining Co., Marine-Midland Trust Co., Otis Renson Elevator Co., Library Square Realty Co., New York Life Insurance Co., Bankers Trust Co., the M.K.&T. Railroad, Waygood-Otis Co., Central Westchester Realty Co., Anglo-Chilean Nitrate Co., General Cable Corp., Eastport and National Bank, and Eagle Machine Co.; and a trustee of the Guggenheim Foundation [1925 to 1949] and the Fifth Avenue Presbyterian Church. (C.D. Hilles Dies; Led Republicans. New York Times, Aug. 29, 1949; Hilles Left $1,208,279. New York Times, Mar. 31, 1951- including $524,573 in securities and $683,976 in insurance.) Sosthenes Behn, the head of International Telephone & Telegraph, upon whose board Charles D. Hilles Jr. later served, was a member of the Republican National Committee from 1912 to 1916.

Frederick Whiley Hilles, Skull & Bones 1922

Frederick Whiley Hilles, S&B 1922, was Charles D. Hilles Jr.'s brother; and their sister, Elizabeth, married Dr. George Stoddard Reynolds. Frederick Hilles was slapped by Marcien Jenckes, and his secret society classmates included Robert Guthrie Page of Madison, Wis. in Bones, and Robert Maynard Hutchins in Wolf's Head. (Tap Day Exercises Are Held At Yale. New York Times, May 20, 1921.) Ushers at Frederick Hilles's wedding included Malcolm Pratt Aldrich, Robert Johnson Larner, and Dr. Robert Folger Solley, all Skull & Bones 1922. (Marriage Announcement 1. New York Times, June 15, 1930.) "In World War II, he served as a captain in the Army Air Corps on the staff of the Air Intelligence School and in military intelligence in Britain," and was discharged as a lieutenant colonel. (Frederick Hilles Dies; Yale English Scholar, 75. New York Times, Dec. 12, 1975.) His mother-in-law, the wife of Rev. Dr. William Inglis Morse, who was rector of the Protestant Episcopal Church at Lynn, Mass., for twenty-five years, donated $2 million to Yale University. (Name of Yale Donor is Revealed By Will. New York Times, Jun. 15, 1951; Dr. W.I. Morse, 78, Author, Historian. New York Times, Jun. 6, 1952.) Dr. Frederick W. Hilles presented his crony from the Yale English Department, Douglas Maitland Knight, to be installed as the youngest president in the history of Lawrence College. (New President Installed At Lawrence. Chicago Daily Tribune, Feb. 26, 1954.) Knight's father-in-law, Rev. Dr. Robert Hastings Nichols, was professor of church history at Union Theological Seminary from 1913 to 1944 (Rev. R.H. Nichols, An Educator, 81. New York Times, Jul. 20, 1955), whose father, Rev. Dr. G.P. Nichols, had been the pastor of a wealthy Presbyterian congregation in Milwaukee (Milwaukee Pulpit Sketches. Chicago Daily Tribune, Mar. 5, 1876). Knight was later the president of Duke University from 1963 to 1969, where he established joint M.D.-J.D. and M.D.-Ph.D. degrees. (Douglas M. Knight, Fifth Duke President, Dies at 83. Duke University News and Communications, January 23, 2005). Lawrence College was founded by Amos Lawrence, the grandfather of Bishop William Lawrence whose son-in-law, Lansing P. Reed (S&B 1904), helped arrange the funding of Hitler through I.T.&T. Mrs. Frederick W. Hilles was a fund-raiser for Channel 13 in New York City, along with Mrs. Lewis Cullman and Mrs. Christian A. Herter. (Nov. 28 Auction to Raise Funds For Channel 13. New York Times, Nov. 20, 1966.)

Douglas M. Knight / Duke University
Douglas Maitland Knight 1921-2005 / Questar Corp.

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