Barbara Stanton Hewson, mother, wife, and pioneer in the world of professional women, died in at the Rosenthal Hospice in Stamford, Connecticut on February 3, 2010 at 94.
Mrs. Hewson, a native New Yorker, was graduated from Packard Collegiate Institute and Parsons School of Design. She was the daughter of Jay deLezai Stanton, an engineer, and Maud Vaughn Campbell Stanton.
After graduating from Parsons in the late 1930′s, Mrs. Hewson did the unusual: she pursued a career in the magazine publishing industry for 20 years, rising through the editorial ranks of the Women’s Home Companion, Better Homes & Gardens and McCalls, crossing over into general circulation magazines and becoming Editor-in-Chief of Collier’s Magazine.
She was married in 1949 to William Beresford Hewson, and thereafter started her own business, Editorial Associates, working with Enid Haupt at Seventeen Magazine to produce first editions of The Seventeen Book of Young Living, the Seventeen Book of Etiquette and The Seventeen Book of Decorating.
Over the years, Mrs. Hewson served on the Board of Directors of The Visiting Nurse Service of New York, acted as chair of The Brick Church Annual Christmas Fair, and was an active member of the Garden Club of Somerset Hills, NJ and of the Women’s Club of Larchmont, NY, where at age 90 she became Editor of the Larch Tree. She was a member of the Cosmopolitan Club of New York and an opera enthusiast. She and Mr. Hewson were members of the Somerset Hills Country Club, the Essex Hunt Club, and Springdale Golf Club, and she joined the Larchmont Yacht Club at age 84. In retirement, she became an active participant in all things related to the Class of 1933 at Princeton, Mr. Hewson’s alma mater, and a beloved grandmother. She was a member of the Larchmont Presbyterian Church, having moved to Larchmont in the late 1990′s after the death of her husband.
She is survived by two daughters, Barbara C. Hewson of Larchmont, NY, Jane M. Hewson, formerly of Larchmont, now of Riverside, CT and Jamaica, VT, her stepson William B. Hewson, Jr. of Darien, CT and Naples, FL, 13 grandchildren and 17 great grandchildren. A Memorial Service will be held one June 12th, at 2:00 pm, at Noroton Presbyterian Church in Darien, CT. The family asks that gifts in her memory be sent Princeton University, Class of 1933 Scholarship Fund or The Metropolitan Opera.