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David and Lucile Packard were philanthropists long before they helped transform a small electronics shop in their garage into one of the world’s leading technology companies. David met Lucile on the Stanford campus, where Lucile served as a volunteer at the Stanford Convalescent Home, which treated children with tuberculosis. Later, the two made philanthropy a family concern by discussing which local organizations to support with their children. Caring about others and the community around them was a core value.
From the earliest days of his career, David Packard set high standards for himself and those around him. His sense of integrity, respect, and compassion for individuals and their capabilities formed the basis of his business philosophy. David believed that “management has a responsibility to its employees, to its customers, and to the community at large.” Under his leadership, Hewlett-Packard pioneered many innovative benefits and management concepts, such as flexible working hours, catastrophic medical coverage, and open offices.