Wilson, McCormick executive

H. V.

February 15, 1993

Hillsman Vaughn Wilson, a lawyer who became the first in-house counsel for the McCormick spice company, and later its president and chief operating officer, died of an apparent heart attack yesterday at his home in Timonium. He was 64.

Mr. Wilson, an avid golfer who loved watching football and baseball, retired from McCormick & Co. Inc. in May 1987, after working 32 years for the spice company.

Born in the railroad town of Crewe, Va., Mr. Wilson was a talented football player who attended the College of William and Mary on an athletic scholarship, earning his bachelor's degree in 1951.

After graduating from the Marshall Wythe Law School in 1953, Mr. Wilson practiced law in his hometown, then moved to Baltimore in 1955 to work for McCormick. He became corporate secretary in 1960; in 1961, at 32, he became the youngest member of the firm's board of directors.

In 1969, Mr. Wilson became a company vice president and general counsel. By 1979, he was promoted to president and chief operating officer, a job he would hold until his retirement.

A son, Robert Vaughn Wilson of Timonium, said his father played golf three times a week, and enjoyed swimming.

Services were scheduled for 11 a.m. Wednesday at Timonium United Methodist Church, 2300 Pot Spring Road.

Mr. Wilson's first wife, Nancy Greenhalg Wilson, died in 1964.

Mr. Wilson is survived by his wife of 27 years, the former Anne S. Gantt Wilson; a daughter, Pamela Hunt Wilson Bartley of Thousand Oaks, Calif.; and two other sons, Richard Hillsman Wilson of Tucson, Ariz., and Daniel Vaughn Wilson of Talladega, Ala.; four sisters, Erma Wilson Terry, Maydell Kilpatrick and Jean Hyatt, all of Newport News, Va., and Dorothy Steele of Graham, N.C.; a brother, John Wilson of Boca Raton, Fla.; and five grandchildren.

The family suggested donations to the Athletic Education Fund, College of William and Mary, Williamsburg, Va. 23185.

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