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Chip Off the Old Block

Meredith Woodworth administers grants from her grandfather's fund

Before there were Morton’s Potato Chips, there was Granville C. Morton, honing his potato chip recipe in the kitchen of his Morton Fund – in front of carDallas sandwich shop. He ultimately sold the store to manufacture the chips and made his fortune years later when the company joined General Mills.

Morton Fund - in front of car

Morton gave to many causes throughout his life, including $1 million in 1965 to help build a cancer and research hospital. Today, his granddaughter Meredith Woodworth advises on grants from the Morton Fund at CFT, which has granted more than $23 million since 1982 to such nonprofits as the American Red Cross, Ability Connection of Texas, Dallas Baptist University and Dallas Children’s Advocacy Center. “He wanted to make Dallas a better place,” Meredith said. The man who started out making snacks now nourishes countless lives through his generous legacy.

Carolyn A. Newham, J.D.
Carolyn A. Newham, J.D.
General Counsel and Corporate Secretary

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