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Passings: Hamish Maxwell; Kenneth Bunting
Passings: Hamish Maxwell; Kenneth Bunting

Hamish Maxwell Philip Morris Cos. CEO Hamish Maxwell, 87, who steered Philip Morris Cos. in its purchase of General Foods Corp. and takeover of Kraft Inc., milestones in transforming the tobacco company into a consumer products conglomerate in the 1980s, died Saturday at his home in Palm Beach, Fla. He had bladder cancer, said his daughter Graham Russell. Maxwell spent 37 years with Philip Morris, culminating with his tenure as chairman and chief executive officer from 1984 to 1991. In 1985, he dipped into the company's deep cash reserves to spend $5.8 billion for General Foods Corp., maker of Jell-O, Maxwell House coffee and Birds Eye frozen foods. Then, in 1988, he led...