Mrs. Rudkin, of Irish heritage, was a famous entrepreneur who founded the Pepperidge Farm baking company, which became a $50 million a year business in her lifetime. She spent her early years in a brownstone in New York City, enchanted with cooking from an early age. She married Henry Rudkin in 1923 and they later moved to rural Connecticut, to a property they named Pepperidge Farm after the beautiful sourgum trees there. In the late 1930s, she started the Pepperidge Farm baking company in her kitchen, after she learned to bake whole grain bread for a son with allergies. She and her husband ran the company for many years, even after the company merged with Campbell Soup in 1960. She collected antique cookbooks. Her own cookbook, The Margaret Rudkin Pepperidge Farm Cookbook, was published in 1963. Her husband died in 1966 and she died in 1967. She was survived by their three sons.