flora lamson hewlettAbout Flora Lamson Hewlett

Flora Lamson Hewlett (1914-1977) was a member of a long-time California family.  She received her bachelor's degree in biochemistry from the University of California in 1935.  She married William R. Hewlett in 1939, with whom she had five children and twelve grandchildren.

In addition to close engagement with her family, Mrs. Hewlett devoted much of her time and energies to public service.  Her main philanthropic activities centered on the William and Flora Hewlett Foundation, of which she was a co-founder with her husband. She was a member of the Board of Trustees of Stanford University; a trustee of the San Francisco Theological Seminary; the founder of the Flora Lamson Hewlett Library at the Graduate Theological Union; and an elder of the First Presbyterian Church in Palo Alto.  She served on the Executive Committee of the World Affairs Council of Northern California and as a director of California Tomorrow, a statewide environmental group. 

To Mrs. Hewlett's family and friends, she was known as a person interested in the life of the mind, matters of the spirit, and the beauty of the world.  Roger Heyns, the first president of the William and Flora Hewlett Foundation, once said of Flora Hewlett, "She allowed neither her dedication to family and church nor the accession to wealth create a barrier between her and the world whose simple joys she savored.”  Flora Hewlett's life and work serve as an inspiration and fitting model for the Foundation that bears her name and honors her legacy.