Flora Lamson Hewlett

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Flora Lamson Hewlett (1914–1977) was an American philanthropist.[1][2][3]

Biography[edit]

Flora Hewlett was born in 1914 and raised in Berkeley, California, and she summered in the Sierra Nevada.[1][2][3] It was then that she knew Louise Hewlett, one of her future husband's sisters.[3] She received a Bachelor of Science in Biochemistry from the University of California, Berkeley in 1935.[1][2] After graduation, she joined the Sierra Club and reconnected with her friend Louise, who introduced her to her husband.[3]

Philanthropy[edit]

In 1966, she co-founded the William and Flora Hewlett Foundation with her husband.[1][2][3] She sat on the Board of Trustees of Stanford University in Palo Alto, California and the San Francisco Theological Seminary, a Presbyterian in San Anselmo, California.[1][2] She also served on the Executive Committee of the World Affairs Council of Northern California and on the Board of Directors of California Tomorrow, an environmental non-profit organization.[1][2]

The Flora Lamson Hewlett Library, a collection of theological books serving the Graduate Theological Union in Berkeley, California, is named in her honor.[1][2] The Flora Family Foundation, created by her children, is also named in her honor.[3] Its symbol is the blue gentiana, her favorite flower.[3]

Personal life[edit]

In 1939, she married William Redington Hewlett, the co-founder of Hewlett-Packard.[1][2] They had five children and twelve grandchildren.[1][2] She was an elder of the First Presbyterian Church in Palo Alto.[1][2] She died of cancer in 1977.[1][2][3]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k The William and Flora Hewlett Foundation biography
  2. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k Flora Family Foundation
  3. ^ a b c d e f g h Michael S. Malone, From a Generation that Keeps on Giving, California Magazine, January-February 2008