Esther D. du Pont
|Esther D. du Pont|
Pennsylvania, United States
|Residence||Unionville, Chester County, Pennsylvania|
1) Campbell Weir|
2) John Rupert Hunt Thouron
|Parents||Lammot du Pont II & Natalie Driver Wilson|
|Relatives||Siblings: Mary Belin|
|TOBA Lady's Sportsmanship Award|
|Doctor of Humane Letters - University of Pennsylvania|
Esther Driver du Pont (January 21, 1908 - March 24, 1984) was an American philanthropist who created the Thouron Award with her husband, John R. H. Thouron.
Born in Wilmington, Delaware, she was a member of the wealthy and respected Du Pont family, the daughter of Natalie Driver Wilson and her husband Lammot du Pont II. In 1953 she married for a second time to John Rupert Hunt Thouron, a native of Cookham in Berkshire, England. In 1960 they established the Thouron Scholars Program of student exchanges between the University of Pennsylvania and leading universities in the United Kingdom. In 1967 she received an Honorary Doctorate in Humane Letters from the University of Pennsylvania in recognition of her work.
Thoroughbred horse racing
Esther du Pont and her husband owned a large estate near Unionville, Chester County, Pennsylvania they called "Doe Run." Like other du Pont family members such as William duPont, Jr., Allaire du Pont, Marion duPont Scott, Jane du Pont Lunger, and Alice du Pont Mills, Esther du Pont too became a fan of Thoroughbred horse racing. She bred and raced a number of horses for both flat racing and steeplechase events. In 1944, her horse Burma Road won the most prestigious steeplechase race in the United States, the American Grand National and in flat racing, her colt Royal Vale won the 1953 Massachusetts Handicap.
Esther du Pont Thouron helped build the clinic and hospital at the University of Pennsylvania School of Veterinary Medicine's New Bolton Center. In 1966, her contribution to the industry was recognized by the Thoroughbred Owners and Breeders Association who awarded her their Lady's Sportsmanship Award.
Esther du Pont Thouron died in 1984 at age seventy-six.