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  • William Beverly Murphy was a U.S. food businessman. He was the president and CEO of Campbell Soup Company between 1953 and 1972. From 1942 to 1945 he was on leave from Campbell's Soup to the War Production Board. Prior to joining Campbell's Soup he was at the A.C. Nielsen Company where he is credited with conceiving the idea for the Nielsen Food Index and Nielsen Drug Index Services. Mr Murphy was also a life member emeritus of the MIT Corporation. Mr Murphy was born in Appleton, Wisconsin and received a Bachelor's of Science in chemical engineering from the University of Wisconsin in 1928. He subsequently joined the A.C. Nielsen Company of Chicago and rose to the position of executive vice president. He joined Campbell Soup in 1938 as Assistant to General Manager. Mr Murphy was elected executive vice president of Campbell Soup in 1949 and was president and CEO from 1953 to 1972. Mr Murphy died May 29, 1994 at the age of 86 of pneumonia in a convalescent home in Bryn Mawr, Pennsylvania.

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