Kate Chappell

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For the American film visual effects editor, see Katherine Chappell

Kate Cheney Chappell (born 1945) is an American businesswoman, painter and manufacturer. Along with her husband Tom, she co-founded personal-care product manufacturer Tom's of Maine in 1970.[1]

Kate Cheney was born in 1945, descended from the founders of Manchester's Cheney Brothers Silk Company. Chappell is a 1963 graduate of Oxford School in West Hartford, Connecticut. She attended Chatham College and Sarah Lawrence College before she and her husband, cofounder Tom Chappell, moved to Kennebunk, Maine in 1968 to raise their family. Kate and Tom now share a summer home on Monhegan, Maine.[2]

She also attended the Sorbonne and the University of Southern Maine, where she graduated summa cum laude in 1983 with an A.B. in Communications after an 18-year hiatus from college.[2]

In 2006, a controlling 84% stake in Tom's of Maine was purchased by Colgate-Palmolive for $100 million in 2006.[3]


  1. ^ "Kate Cheney Chappell". Bloomberg Businessweek. Retrieved December 10, 2013. 
  2. ^ a b Buckberrough, Sherry (2010). "Kate Cheney Chappell (b. 1942)". Womenartists@NewBritainMuseum. New Britain, CT: New Britain Museum of American Art. p. 70–71. ISBN 0-9724497-2-8. 
  3. ^ Reidy, Chris (March 22, 2006). Colgate will buy Tom's of Maine. Boston Globe

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