David Packard (1912-1996)
David Packard was a
co-founder of Hewlett-Packard. Born in Pueblo,
Colorado, he received his B.A.
from Stanford University in 1934.
Afterwards he worked for the General Electric Company in Schenectady, New York.
In 1938 he returned from
New York to Stanford, where he
earned the degree of electrical engineer. That year, he also married
Lucile Salter, with whom he would eventually have four children, David,
Nancy, Susan, and Julie.
In 1939 he and William Hewlett established their firm in
garage with a capital of $538. The company, where Packard proved to be
an expert administrator and Hewlett provided many
technical innovations, grew into the world's largest producer of
electronic testing and measurement devices. It also became a
major producer of calculators, computers, and laser and ink jet
Packard served as
Hewlett-Packard's president from 1947
to 1964, chief executive officer from 1964 to 1968, and chairman of
the board from 1964 to 1968 and from 1972 to 1993.
Upon entering office in 1969,
President Richard M. Nixon appointed Packard US
Deputy Secretary of Defense. Packard served until 1971, when
he resigned and returned to
Hewlett-Packard the next year as chairman of the board. In the 1970s
and 1980s Packard was a prominent advisor to the White House on defense
From the early 1980s
onward until his death, Packard
dedicated much of his time and money to philanthropic projects. The two
most well-known are the Monterey Bay Aquarium and the
Lucile Salter Packard Children's Hospital a Standford University.
His will gave most of his estate to the David and
Lucile Packard Foundation. All three Packard daughters sit on
the Foundation's board of trustees.