Richmond resident’s estate gifts $835,000 to Contra Costa College Foundation


A recent $835,000 gift from the estate of Geraldine M. Packard will help more students re-enter Contra Costa College for a second chance to successfully complete a degree program.

The Contra Costa College Foundation recently announced it received the donation, which will be used to “fund 12 annual scholarships through the newly established Packard-Zell Scholarship Fund, supporting students pursuing an Associate’s Degree for Transfer (ADT) to a four-year university, as well as students preparing for the workforce through career education at CCC.”

The generous donation was lauded by the Foundation, with development officer Sara Marcellino saying it will “support hundreds of our students – who are everyday heroes – over the next several decades.” 

Packard died on Aug. 5, 2017 at age 86. According to her obituary, the longtime Bay Area resident, known as Geri, resided in Richmond with her husband Bob Packard for over 30 years and was described as “extremely kind and considerate.” She was a school teacher and librarian in Cupertino and Alameda for over 20 years.

She was born to Frank and Mary Zell in Minnesota, and moved with her family to Montana and then eventually to Oregon, where she graduated from Portland’s Reed College with a Bachelor’s degree, according to her obituary.



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