de Beaumont Biography


Pierre S. (Pete) de Beaumont was born and raised in New York City. After graduating from Harvard University in 1938, he began a successful career as a mechanical engineer with Packard Motor Car Co. (where he was granted several patents) and General Motors. During World War II, he served as an officer in the U.S. Naval Reserve. Following the war, he continued his engineering career at Apex Electrical Manufacturing Company and Bostic.In 1965, Mr. de Beaumont and his wife, Mary Deland (Robbins), founded the Brookstone Company. Initially a mail order catalogue, it grew to become a successful chain of retail stores before they retired in 1980 and sold the company to the Quaker Oats Company.

He created the de Beaumont Foundation in 1998, and it was fully funded upon his death in December 2010.

Inspired by our founder, the de Beaumont Foundation focuses on identifying problems and creating practical tools to solve them. We look to the future, anticipate needs, and develops practical solutions to improve people’s lives.