Remembering Richard Dunhill : Pipes and Tobaccos Magazine

Remembering Richard Dunhill

Grandson of Alfred Dunhill passes away

by Ben Rapaport

Richard Dunhill, grandson of the founder of Alfred Dunhill Ltd., died on Aug. 26, 2016, at the age of 89, having been a Dunhill employee for 68 years. He joined the company in 1948, was director for 28 years and chairman for 27 years, and oversaw this vertically integrated global colossus, a premium purveyor of “smokers’ requisites” and luxury goods in operation for more than a century. Its products are available in 21 countries, in more than 100 retail boutiques, 70 of which are Alfred Dunhill stores. So internationally recognized is the brand that between 1924 and 2005 seven books were published about its history and its eclectic products.

The following information is in the public domain. Richard was a past master of the Worshipful Company of Tobacco Pipe Makers & Tobacco Blenders, an honorary member of the International Academy of the Pipe, and the British Pipesmokers’ Council “Pipe Smoker of the Year” in 2002. He was a philanthropist, endowing the Alfred Dunhill Links Foundation, a charity that raises funds for worthy causes, including prostate cancer  research.  He was an innovator, inspiring different companion and seven-day, special-event, and one-of-a-kind briars, such as the $3.5 million Eiffel Tower pipe, bordered in gold, diamonds, sapphires and rubies. He conceived The Fellowship of the White Spot, a free newsletter about the history and heritage of the Dunhill pipe.

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Category: obituary, Winter 2017

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