David Packard,83, who co-founded electronics pioneer...


March 27, 1996

David Packard,83, who co-founded electronics pioneer Hewlett-Packard Co. and helped to build it into a $31 billion enterprise with a philosophy of encouraging employee creativity, died of pneumonia yesterday at Stanford University Hospital.

In 1938, Mr. Packard and William Hewlett borrowed $538 and founded the Palo Alto, Calif., company in a rented garage. They built it into Silicon Valley's largest employer with 100,000 workers and more than $31 billion in revenues last year.

Mr. Packard retired from active management in 1978 but remained the company's chairman until 1993.

Mr. Packard had a middle-class upbringing in his native Pueblo, Colo. He studied electrical engineering at Stanford, then the cradle of the electronics industry, and met Mr. Hewlett, also an engineering student. They had similar interests in electronics and the outdoors and became lifelong friends.

After both graduated in 1934, Mr. Packard went to work for the General Electric Co. in New York and Mr. Hewlett earned a master's degree at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology before they launched their company.

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