Arthur Bullock Hill was born to homesteaders in Oklahoma City on October 20, 1892. As one of many children, money was very tight in the Hill household. He left school at the age of twelve to go to work at a drugstore, which he purchased within a few years. In his early twenties he sold the drugstore and took a job in pharmaceutical sales. On a sales trip to Dallas, he met Marguerite Stewart. They married in 1914 and settled in Dallas. Lillian Lee, their only daughter, was born in 1919 and married Edward Snowdon in 1941.
On another sales trip, Arthur met a senior manager of Johnson & Johnson (J&J), which was fast becoming the nation’s largest medical product company. When Arthur was offered a job with the firm he moved the family to Chicago in the early thirties to head the Midwest sales division. In the late thirties, the Hills moved to New Jersey to be near J&J’s New Brunswick headquarters, settling first in Bound Brook and later in Plainfield.
Despite his lack of formal education, Arthur worked his way up in the company. When he retired in 1948, he was the Vice President of Sales and on the Board of Directors. Arthur retired relatively early for health reasons but remained on the Board for several years after his retirement. The company went public in 1943, and like many senior executives, Arthur took stock options in lieu of pay during the war. This would prove to be a fortuitous move, as stock prices steadily climbed over the following decades while the company expanded and diversified.
After his retirement, Arthur became more involved in social and civic life in Plainfield. He was active in a number of social organizations and local charities. He founded the local Community Chest, which later became the United Way of New Jersey. He also supported a home for wayward boys in Nebraska and funded a settlement house in the Black neighborhood of Plainfield. As a result of his humble beginnings, Arthur felt it was his responsibility to help those less fortunate. But he also believed that individuals are responsible for helping themselves, as he had done. He had a deep understanding of the medical system and worried that the unequal access to decent healthcare would lead to serious social unrest.
In 1959, Arthur founded the Hill-Snowdon Foundation in New Jersey with several thousand dollars in assets, primarily J&J stock. He served as a trustee until his death in 1983.
Dick Snowdon, grandson of Arthur B. Hill, is an attorney. Dick has worked with the firm, Trainum, Snowdon & Deane, where he specialized in estate planning, personal and corporate income tax and taxation of exempt organizations. Dick holds a B.S. from Syracuse University, College of Business Administration, and a Juris Doctor with honors from the National Law Center, George Washington University. Following two years of active military service with the United States Army (1968-1970), which earned him an Army Commendation Medal and an honorable discharge at the rank of Captain, Dick returned to the legal profession.
Dick is active in the Washington, DC community and has served on many nonprofit boards and advisory councils. Some of his current and past positions include National Children’s Museum, Vice Chair; Children’s National Medical Center, Chair; Children’s Hospital Foundation, Chair; Black Student Fund, Treasurer; For Love of Children, Vice Chairman; Protestant Episcopal Foundation of Washington (The National Cathedral), Chair; and Washington Regional Association of Grantmakers, Treasurer; Community Foundation of the National Capital Region, two terms, Chair.
Margot Snowdon, granddaughter of Arthur B. Hill, is the retired founder and director of the Yoga Room in Jackson, Wyoming. Margot studied at the Iyengar Institute in San Francisco, California, as well as the Iyengar Institute in Pune, India and was a certified Iyengar teacher. In 1997, she began in-depth study with John Friend and became a certified Anusara Teacher and Teacher Trainer in 2000. The Yoga Room was founded in 1985 as the first yoga center in Jackson Hole and became a dedicated Anusara Yoga studio in 2002.
Margot received her B.A. from the University of Pennsylvania and her M.S. in Education from the University of Wisconsin. She formerly worked in the field of Special Needs Education both at Boston College and in the greater Boston region. Beyond the Hill-Snowdon Foundation, her current philanthropic focus is on partnering with organizations in her home community of Jackson Hole, Wyoming which address health care, affordable housing, women’s and/or environmental issues. In addition, Margot maintains an active involvement with horses, skiing and mountaineering.
Ted Snowdon, grandson of Arthur B. Hill, straddles two worlds – that of the philanthropic community, where he sits on several nonprofit boards and supports numerous charities, and that of the commercial New York theater, where he develops and produces new plays. In addition to his work with the Hill-Snowdon Foundation, he is president of The Ted Snowdon Foundation, which funds primarily the arts and lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) causes.
Ted received his B.S. in speech and drama from Syracuse University and his M.F.A. in directing from Catholic University. He lives and works in New York City, where his recent productions have included The Mountaintop, Master Class, Time Stands Still, Our Town, Secrets of the Trade, Reasons to be Pretty, Souvenir, The Little Dog Laughed, and the musical Spring Awakening. His first producing credit was in 1979 with the Tony winner, The Elephant Man. Ever since then, Ted has strived to find and present theater that reflects his world view.
Andrew Snowdon, great-grandson of Arthur B. Hill. Andrew Snowdon is the General Counsel to the Inspector General of a federal government agency. Previously, Andrew has served as an attorney and investigator in a variety of contexts, including the Security & Exchange Commission's Division of Enforcement, on Capitol Hill, in private practice, and the Special Inspector General for the Troubled Asset Relief Program, responsible for the oversight of the federal program to stabilize the country's financial system in the wake of the 2008 financial crisis. Andrew and his family live in Annapolis, MD, and he enjoys playing gold with his son (age 18), watching his daughter's (age 13) lacrosse games, boating, and Duke Basketball.
Elizabeth Snowdon Bonner, great-granddaughter of Arthur B. Hill, is the founder of Nusta Spa, a full-service day spa in downtown DC that opened in 2004. In 2010, she brought on a business partner to run the spa’s daily operations and now serves in an advisory capacity on issues of financial management and strategic planning.
Elizabeth’s previous work experience was in corporate communications and investor relations in San Francisco. She holds a B.A. in International Relations from Stanford University, where she graduated Phi Beta Kappa, and an MBA from the Fuqua School of Business at Duke University, where she was named a John W. Rollins Scholar for leadership and academic achievement. From 2003-2009 she served on the Governing Board of her high school alma mater, National Cathedral School.
Ashley Snowdon Blanchard, great-granddaughter of Arthur B. Hill, is a consultant to nonprofit organizations and foundations. She helps clients determine their missions and values, and develop the strategies, operations and governance to support them. Prior to going out on her own, she was the Associate Director of Philanthropy at TCC Group, where she spent 13 years conducting strategic planning for a range of nonprofit and philanthropic clients.
In addition to HSF, Ashley was previously the co-chair of the Board of the Ms. Foundation for Women and was the founding co-chair of the Council on Foundation’s Next Generation Task Force.
Ashley received a B.A. from Stanford University and a Masters in Public Policy from the Goldman School of Public Policy from the University of California, Berkeley, where she concentrated her studies on social welfare policy and nonprofit management. Ashley lives with her husband and two children in New York City
Ariana Snowdon, great-granddaughter of Arthur B. Hill, is an Executive Fellow at Resource Generation in Seattle, Washington. She is a graduate of Wesleyan University with a B.A. in the Science in Society Program, concentrating in Environmental Science and Sociology, with a focus in Public Health. Prior to joining the Hill-Snowdon board, she served for four years as a member of the Grantmaking Committee for the Community Foundation of Jackson Hole.
Ariana has also held several internships with various environmental and social-service organizations, including two semesters with American Rivers in Washington D.C. She has volunteered extensively for non-profits focusing on environmental protection, public health, and domestic violence prevention. In her spare time, she is a dedicated equestrian, back-country ski fanatic, and aspiring mountaineer.