A Hilton Heir Upholds His Grandfather’s Goal: Help People in Dire Need

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The way Steven Hilton sees it, he and the foundation started by his grandfather grew up together.

A considerable chunk of Mr. Hilton’s adulthood—more than three decades—will have elapsed by the time he steps down as head of the Conrad N. Hilton Foundation at the end of 2015.

Mr. Hilton last month announced his retirement from the foundation’s presidency, a post he has held since 1998. He started as a program assistant in 1983. He first witnessed and