Deaths Elsewhere William Hewlett, 87, the affable...

January 14, 2001

Deaths Elsewhere

William Hewlett, 87, the affable engineer who co-founded Silicon Valley electronics pioneer Hewlett-Packard Co. in a garage and helped guide it into the computer age, died Friday. He was 87.

Mr. Hewlett died in his sleep of natural causes, surrounded by family, HP spokesman Dave Berman said. Mr. Hewlett started the company in 1938 with his friend and partner, the late David Packard.

HP's shirt-sleeved engineering brain, Mr. Hewlett saw the company grow from a garage startup with Mr. Packard, making "anything to bring in a nickel," to a $49 billion manufacturer of computers and scientific instruments.

Forbes magazine listed Mr. Hewlett as one of the wealthiest Americans, ranking him No. 26 in 2000 with an estimated net worth of $9 billion.

Mr. Hewlett also was a noted philanthropist, giving tens of millions of dollars to environmental, educational and humanitarian causes individually and through a large family foundation.

He was born in Ann Arbor, Mich., in 1913 but grew up in California, where his father was a professor of medicine at Stanford.

It was at Stanford that he met and became friends with Mr. Packard, another engineering student. Both graduated in 1934, with Mr. Packard going to work for General Electric Co. in New York and Mr. Hewlett earning a master's degree at Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

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