John Terrell Packard December 5, 1933 – October 8, 2016 John Packard passed away peacefully after a long illness at his residence in Palo Alto on October 8, 2016. John was very dedicated in all aspects of his life – a beloved and devoted family man, a highly successful businessman, and a major contributor in charitable and community endeavors. John was born in Upland, California. However, since his father was a naval officer during World War II, he spent his youth in various parts of the country. He attended high school in Vienna, Virginia and returned to California in 1951 to attend Stanford University. There he met Barbara Bentley, a fellow student. The loving bond between them was immediate, solid, and permanent. After graduating, John and Barbara married. This was followed by John's three-year duty in the Air Force as a jet instructor pilot, during which time their first two children, Dana and Robert, were born. They returned to the Bay Area after his Air Force tour, and John enrolled in Stanford Business School. After receiving his MBA in 1961, John went to work in San Francisco for Scudder, Stevens, and Clark in investment management. Soon after, his family grew to include two more daughters, Becky and Leslie. Over the next thirty years he worked for Scudder, rising up the ranks to partner, senior managing director, and ultimately Board Member of Scudder as head of the western region. When Scudder was sold in 2000, John and his friend and co-worker, Keith McWilliams, left the firm and went on to found Mt. Eden Investment Advisors, which later merged with Evercore Wealth Management. In 2005, John and Barbara left their Los Altos Hills home and moved to Vi of Palo Alto. John retired in 2009. In addition to his professional life, John was also actively engaged in the community. Inherently outgoing and gracious, he enjoyed being a member of Sharon Heights Golf and Country Club where he was often found golfing or socializing with friends and family. Always placing a high value on giving back to the community, John was involved in various charitable and educational organizations. These included serving as a trustee for the Pacific School of Religion and raising funds for the Robert Packard Center for ALS Research at Johns Hopkins University. He was an extremely active Stanford alumnus, spending much time in fund raising, particularly for the Graduate School of Business. He served as a Stanford Trustee for nine years. During this time he made significant contributions to management of the Stanford Endowment Fund, helping to set up the current management system. He is survived by his wife Barbara of 60 years, his daughters Dana Dooley (Byron), Becky Nagy (Ted), Leslie Martin (Tony), and six grandchildren. He was predeceased by his son Robert. John lived his life with integrity, enthusiasm and "joie de vivre". He touched the lives of those around him and left a positive impact. He was beloved by all and will be greatly missed. In lieu of flowers, donations in John's name to the Robert Packard Center for ALS Research at Johns Hopkins, or another charity of the donor's choice, would be greatly appreciated. A private service will be held.
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