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Eric Hilton
Born Eric Michael Hilton
(1933-07-01)July 1, 1933
Dallas, Texas
Died December 10, 2016(2016-12-10) (aged 83)
Las Vegas, Nevada
Education El Paso High School
Alma mater Texas Western College
Occupation Hotelier, philanthropist
Spouse(s) Patricia Shipworth
Bibi Hilton
Children 4
Parents Conrad Hilton
Mary Adelaide Barron
Relatives Conrad Hilton Jr. (brother)
Barron Hilton (brother)
Francesca Hilton (half-sister)

Eric Michael Hilton (July 1, 1933 – December 10, 2016) was an American heir, hotelier, and philanthropist.

Early life[edit | edit source]

Eric Hilton was born on July 1, 1933 in Dallas, Texas.[1][2][3] His father, Conrad Hilton, was the founder of the Hilton Hotels Corporation.[2] His mother was Mary Adelaide Barron.[2] Growing up in El Paso, Texas, Hilton was educated at El Paso High School and graduated from Texas Western College.[3] He served as a cook in the Korean War.[3]

Career[edit | edit source]

Hilton started his career at the Hilton Hotels Corporation in 1949.[1] He first worked at the El Paso Hilton, working his way up from "bellman, doorman, steward, cook, elevator operator, desk clerk and telephone operator."[3] Within a decade, in 1959, he became the manager of the Deshler Hilton in Columbus, Ohio.[3] Two years later, in 1961, he became the manager of the Shamrock Hilton in Houston, Texas.[3] He later served as the corporation's executive vice president.[2] He also served on its board of directors.[2] He served as its vice chairman from 1993 to 1997, when he retired.[1][2]

Philanthropy[edit | edit source]

Hilton served as the chairman of the BEST Foundation for a Drug-Free Tomorrow. He also served on the board of directors of the Little League Foundation of America from 1977 to 2016[1][4] Additionally, he served on the board of trustees of the Conrad N. Hilton Foundation.[1]

Hilton founded the Nevada Medical Center.[1] He also founded the Three Square Food Bank, a food bank in Clark County, Nevada, in 2007.[1] By 2016, the food bank had spread to Lincoln County, Nye County and Esmeralda County.[1]

Hilton received the Award of Merit from the American Vocational Association as well as the Alumni President's Award and an honorary Doctor of Humane Letters degree from the University of Houston.[2]

Personal life and death[edit | edit source]

Hilton and his first wife, Patricia Shipworth, had four children: Eric M. Hilton, Jr., Beverly Hilton-Neapolitan, Linda Hilton-Buschini, Joseph Bradley Hilton.[1] Eric Hilton died on December 10, 2016, aged 83.[1][3]

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