Tributes to Dave
"David Packard believed in the individual, and in the government; and saw the good in each. He gave without hope of return to improve the quality of our government and the quality of life for individuals. He loved our country and our state, and he helped each immeasurably. Now he joins Lucile to live forever in the hearts of those whose lives they each touched so deeply."
"Dave was a man of remarkable talents who, together with his wife Lucile, gave so much in so many ways to their country, community and to those in need.
"He excelled, served and contributed in every aspect of his life and career and we at Chevron were proud to have known him and benefitted tremendously from his tenure on our Board.
"He was a giant among men and we shall all miss him."
"David Packard served as a director of Caterpillar during some of the best of times and some of the worst of times for the company. His confidence in and advice to the company never wavered. His personal interest in the success of Caterpillar remained high after he left the board. When I visited with Dave only a few months ago, we spent most of our time examining his Caterpillar machines and discussing Caterpillar's organization and product plans.
"The nation has lost a giant whom we, at Caterpillar, were privileged to know and work with for over 20 years."
"David Packard was a giant in many, many areas education, industry, public service and family. A man with unquestioned integrity and character. His contributions to a better America are an insipiration for all who might follow. Betty and I have lost a wonderful friend who will be badly missed by all Americans who had contact with this superb individual."
"David Packard was role model in every way. He was a pioneer in the information revolution. He was execeptionally skilled as a government official. He was a wise philanthropist and had great interest and expertise in the environment. He was a true citizen of this world."
"Pete and I loved David. He was funny and kind and warm and generous. And he was so smart. He was a wonderful friend caring, concerned. Our only comfort is that he's joined Lucile so he must be very happy. But we will miss him terribly."
"I will not attempt to list all of his accomplishments and awards. As far as the company is concerned, the greatest thing that he left behind him was a code of ethics known as the HP Way. That will serve to guide the company in the years to come. We have a superb management team that has received national recognition and this loss will not have any direct effect on the company.
"To those of us who knew him, he will always be Dave.
"Our hearts and sympathy are with his family."
"A giant of a man in every way, David Packard helped me in the '50s as a young congressman when I was ranking member of health, education, welfare and labor developing the university programs for NIH (National Institutes of Health), health and education research. "He helped me as my deputy while I was serving as secretary of defense. "His contributions in both cases were monumental. We established the draft lottery system and created the All Volunteer Service, ending the draft, managed the orderly withdrawl from Vietnam, and organized the Defense Department procurement policies. "His contribution to our nation and the world will be an everlasting memorial to him. "He was a true friend, a great contributor to the best things our nation stands for. We all will be forever in his debt, a true friend for whom I will always have the deepest love."
"Mr. Packard served as deputy secretary of defense from 1969-1971. He was a giant in industry, in public service and philanthropy.
"He co-founded Hewlett-Packard Company, a company that helped establish the computer industry, and helped the military incorporate computers into it weapons and operations. David Packard and Bill Hewlett created more than a company, they created an industry.
"As deputy secretary of defense under Secretary Melvin Laird, Mr. Packard served in one of the strongest teams ever to run the Defense Department. Their leadership is still a model for enlightened civilian management of the military.
"A decade ago he made another huge and enduring contribution to good government. He chaired the Packard Commission, which recommended a revolution in defense procurement through the application of standard business practices. His recommendations are still being implemented today. They are enabling the military to modernize more quickly at lower cost.
"In everything he undertook, Dave Packard helped change the world for the better."
"He turned the blessings of a successful business career into a lifelong campaign to improve the lives of children, support research in science and engineering, protect and conserve nature, and promote the arts.
"Among his many contributions to our company is a set of values, part of the HP Way, which he shared with Bill Hewlett. These values trust and respect for people, a focus on contribution and quality, a promise to conduct business with uncompromising integrity, a commitment to teamwork and a belief that people need to be flexible and innovative have been applied in the 102 countries in which HP does business and emulated by companies in Silicon Valley and around the world.
"This unassuming man, when asked to reflect on his greatest achievements upon stepping down as HP chairman in September 1993, simply stated:
"We've lost a friend and a great leader who will be missed immensely, but with our eye to the future, we'll do what Dave would want us to do to build on what he and Bill Hewlett began in 1939."
"David Packard was a brilliant scientist, an innovative businessman, and an incredibly generous and tolerant human being. He cared deeply about his country and his world and the well being of both was at the center of all of his activities. He will be deeply missed by everyone who knew him or who was touched by his humanity."
"Dave Packard used his honest and brilliant mind, his strength of character, and his creative instincts to give us extraordinary public service, gifted work as a private citizen and legendary entrepreneurship. He had an immense impact on our society. He could be critical, but always with a constructive purpose. He was a doer who could tell you why and who made decisions that worked. I salute him for his vast accomplishments, I thank him for all he taught me, and I grieve at the loss of this wonderful man."
"The death of David Packard is a great loss for American industry, technology, and for the state and the nation that he served so well for so many years. I was privileged to know him and to see him develop one of the most remarkable careers in California and in American business, and I was the deputy secretary of defense for over three years.
"I am sure that everyone who knew and worked with him as I did shared the enormous admiration and appreciation for his extraordinary talent, his keen analytical mind, and his refusal to be swayed from a path he believed to be the right one for his country.
"It was a very fortunate thing for the United States that David Packard was willing to bring his immense talents to the service of the people."
"I am saddend and grieved to learn the passing away of my old friend Mr. Dave Packard after illness. I wish to express my deep condolences and sincere sympathy to you, and through you, to the bereaved family.
"I made acquanintance with Mr. Packard in 1983. Today I still have fresh memory of my meeting with him then in the United States. We had kept close touch with each other since then. We had cordial discussions last August during Mr. Packard's last visit to China. During his lifetime, Mr. Packard worked to promote Sino-U.S. cooperation in the electronic industry, and the friendship between the Chinese and American people. With his passing away, I've lost a personal friend. His friendly sentiments toward the Chinese people and all he did for enhancing Sino-U.S. relations will be remembered by all of us."