We thank all our planned-gift donors for their generous support. Here are some of their stories.

Gift in Will Received from Former Field Worker


Vivian and Marcos Duran beside the Model T that Marcos built from scratch.

Marcos and Vivian Duran were long-time Salinas residents who worked hard, contributed much, and never forgot the importance of family. Vivian passed away in January of 1998, and Marcos in September 2007.

In August 2008, the Foundation accepted a gift in the amount of $140,000 from the Marcos M. Duran and Vivian H. Duran Family Trust to create scholarships for students of the Salinas Valley. The gift was presented by the Durans’ nephew, Craig Ramos, and his wife, Susan.

What is most remarkable about this gift is that Marcos Duran did not have an opportunity to get a formal education in his life. His mother had been widowed with two young children and could support them only by working in the fields of California. Her children joined her in the fields in the Salinas Valley as soon as they were old enough to work.

donor-duran2Mr. Duran continued to work in the agriculture business throughout his life, working mostly as a highly skilled ag mechanic. But, he never forgot the difficult situation he had been thrown into as a child.

“I remember my uncle telling me that, if he could make it possible to keep even one child from having to work the fields the way he’d had to, it would make him very happy,” said Mr. Ramos. “Through the scholarships created by the Marcos M. Duran and Vivian H. Duran Family Trust, my aunt and uncle would be very happy indeed.”

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President Emeritus Supports College

donor-dafurStuart F. Dufour (1913-2007) went to San Mateo Community College before attending Stanford University. He always felt that his years at the community college were a key to his admission at Stanford and always had high appreciation for the junior college system. At Stanford he majored in Communication and, upon graduation in 1934, got a job as a reporter for the San Jose Mercury Herald. It was there that he met his wife, Willna, also a reporter at the Mercury. They were married in 1936 and had two children. In 1939 they moved to Salinas where he taught journalism and history at Salinas Union High School. After serving with the American Red Cross during the war, he came back to Salinas Union High School. In 1946 Stuart came to Hartnell as a journalism instructor and worked at the college with Dr. Ching from1951 until he was selected to be junior college president in 1955. He was popular among both students and faculty. After retirement in 1968, he and Willna enjoyed travel, golf and investing their savings in the stock market. Many of their investments were successful, enabling them to establish a charitable trust with proceeds given to Hartnell, Stanford, and the Salinas Valley Memorial Hospital.

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The Legacy of Longtime Dean June Handley: Scholarships for Deserving Students

donor-handleyFor 36 years, students were central to the life of former Hartnell Dean of Students June Handley. “She loved Hartnell College and her students, and was proud to be an educator,” according to cousin Garon Handley.

William Barr, Monterey County superintendent of schools, who knew Ms. Handley when he was a Hartnell student, said she was “both passionate and compassionate, a scholar excited about sharing her academic expertise and a human being who understood the personal concerns of her students.”

Ms. Handley died in July of last year at the age of 86 as the result of injuries she sustained in a fall.

But her concern to help students will continue after her death as the result of a scholarship she established in 1977 when she retired from Hartnell. An endowment was created upon her death that will provide scholarships for deserving Hartnell students in the years to come.

Born in San Jose, Ms. Handley was raised in the Mission District of Soledad and attended Gonzales High School. Upon graduation from San Jose State University, she went on to earn a master’s degree from the University of Northern Colorado in Greeley. She taught at Lincoln Elementary School in Salinas before joining the Hartnell faculty in 1941 as a physical education and nutrition instructor. She later served in several administrative position at the college, the last being dean of students. She was the first woman to serve on Hartnell’s Faculty Senate.

Betty Binsacca, one of Ms. Handley’s students in the late 1940s, remembers her as being “a wonderful instructor and a warm, very thorough, no-nonsense person.” Four of Ms. Handley’s cousins—Tim, Wayne, Dale and Garon Handley—attended Hartnell and knew the no-nonsense part of her personality. Reflects Garon: “When each of us began our studies at Hartnell, she would call us into her office and tell us we would receive no breaks or special treatment because we were related. We were terrified.”

Ms. Handley also was known to be a woman of strong determination. “She was the original liberated woman,” says cousin Garon Handley. “She did not sit on the sideline.”

In 1951, she wanted to build a cabin near Lake Tahoe. Enlisting the help of her father and some friends, the 700-foot, A-frame cabin was built. And June Handley herself carried many of the stones and wood used in its construction.

A former California Rodeo sweetheart, Ms. Handley enjoyed animals, especially her dog Taffy. She traveled all over the world, loved to play poker and was known to have a heavy foot when it came to driving.

A member of the American Association of University Women, Delta Kappa Gamma Sorority, and the California Association of Health, Physical Education and Recreation, Ms. Handley also was a volunteer at Salinas Valley Memorial Hospital for 20 years. Remembered as a kind, gentle woman by many of her friends, she was known for visiting her contemporaries who were hospitalized or who were in nursing homes. Cousin Randy Handley said she would do anything for a friend.

Hartnell College and the Hartnell College Foundation appreciates Ms. Handley’s generous gift.

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Art Gallery Receives ‘Generous Gift’ from Estate of Silicon Valley Pioneer

A “generous gift” from the estate of Silicon Valley pioneer Burrell Leonard will provide the opportunity for the Hartnell College Art Gallery to stabilize its funding, according to Gary Smith, Gallery director and art instructor.

“Mr. Leonard’s contribution to the Gallery,” Smith said, “is a welcomed surprise. We are extremely grateful for his thoughtfulness and support.”

donor-leonardFor 20 years the Gallery has worked closely with the Hartnell College Foundation to raise the Gallery’s annual operating budget. “We will continue to work hard on our annual fund-raising,” said Smith, “but the Burrell Leonard endowment will provide us with a new sense of solidity to what we do here in collecting and exhibiting works of art for the Salinas Valley community.”

John W. Inman, chairman of the Board of Hartnell College Foundation, said, “Through the creation of this generous endowment, Mr. Leonard has made a perpetual gift to the Hartnell Foundation. It’s a gift that will be invested wisely by the Foundation so that it will continually support the Gallery.”

Leonard, who died in 2000 at the age of 89, was a descendant of a pioneering farming family that settled in Santa Clara County in the mid-1800s. He was a fruit grower whose orchard later became Cupertino’s Vallco Park development, and he was a major force in the incorporation of that city and its post-agricultural growth.

Because of his longtime interest in agriculture, Leonard had visited Salinas as well as Hartnell College over the years, according to Bill Hyland, longtime friend and business associate.

The Leonard estate has made contributions to 24 charitable organizations, including Hartnell, Hyland said. All of the organizations reflect his longtime interests-California history, land conservation, agriculture and the arts.

At the time of his death, Leonard was president of the Leonard Company, a property development and management firm at the Vallco Financial Center.

A bachelor all of his life, Leonard was a major landowner in Santa Clara County. His favorite property was his facility on Llagas Road in San Martin (between Gilroy and Morgan Hill), where he stored and maintained his collection of farm machinery, tools, photographs and other memorabilia from the Santa Clara Valley’s agricultural past.

Born in San Jose, Leonard grew up on his family’s 200-acre farm. John, his father, pioneered diversified irrigation farming and packed fruit under the John Leonard label.

The Hartnell Gallery’s annual exhibition schedule includes prominent artists in all areas of the visual arts. Some of the artists are known only in the West, but most have exhibited nationally or internationally. All exhibitions are free and open to the public.

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Elmer and Dorothy Eade—Scholarships for Hartnell Nursing Students

Thanks to the generosity of the late Elmer and Dorothy Eade of King City, deserving nursing students at Hartnell College will be able to pursue their dreams of becoming members of the nursing profession.

Mr. and Mrs. Eade, who died in 2002 and 2000, respectively, established a $600,000 scholarship endowment that will benefit Hartnell nursing students.


Mr. Eade, born in King City in 1911, was a 1929 graduate of King City High School. Upon graduation, he worked for Associated Oil Co. and on his family’s ranch for many years.

Mrs. Eade, also a King City native, was born in 1913. Upon graduation from King City High, she went on to attend San Jose Hospital’s nursing program, and later worked as a Registered Nurse (RN) for the King City Hospital and Mee Memorial Hospital in King City.

She also worked at Basic Vegetables in King City as an industrial nurse. At that time, firms like Basic Vegetables were required to have nurses on staff to treat injuries and illnesses.

Kathie Grab, grandniece of the Eades, said her aunt was very proud to be a nurse. Kathie herself is a graduate of Hartnell’s Licensed Vocational Nursing (LVN) program. As a matter of fact, she was her class’s valedictorian. Kathie is pleased that the Eades’ gift will benefit Hartnell nursing students.

Kathie’s mother, Bonnie Grab—also a niece of the Eades—said, “I think it is wonderful that my aunt and uncle are giving back to the community.”

In addition to establishing the scholarship endowment for nursing students at Hartnell, the Eades’ will included gifts to Mee Memorial Hosptial, Salinas Valley Memorial Hospital, Shriners Hospital in Sacramento, and scholarships for agriculture students at California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo.

The Eades were married on July 12, 1936 and were involved with two large cattle ranches in the southern most part of Monterey County-they owned the Lone Oak Ranch (a.k.a. the Crown W Ranch), east of King City, and operated the Wild Horse Canyon Ranch, southeast of King City.

They retired from ranching in 1969 and moved to King City.

Married for 63 years, the couple had no children, but many children, including niece Bonnie Grab, called the Eade home theirs in the summer months. Bonnie remembers visiting the ranches as a child and spending hours picking vegetables in the huge vegetable garden and helping with chores. She also remembers the Eades’ kindnesses. “My aunt and uncle loved children,” said Bonnie. “I remember most of all how giving they were…they gave so much of themselves.”

The couple died two years apart. Mrs. Eade died in 2000 at age 89 of natural causes. Her husband passed away in 2002 at age 90, following an automobile accident.

The Eades were avid gardeners and also enjoyed traveling. They visited most of the states in the nation and much of Canada, Brazil, China and England. They also vacationed at their summer home in Oregon.

Mrs. Eade was very active in the La Posa chapter of Eastern Star, from which she received a service award and pin for 50 years of service. She also enjoyed crafts and was an avid collector of dolls and china. Mr. Eade was an Islam Shriner and a 50-year member, as well as past master, of the Santa Lucia Masonic Lodge, No. 302, of King City, from which he received the Hiram Award-the highest award bestowed by the Masons. He also was a member of the Scottish Rite of San Jose, and a former member of the Monterey and San Benito cattlemen’s associations.

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The Late Dr. Fassett Remembered the Foundation With a Bequest

The late Dr. James R. Fassett, Hartnell College alumnus, former Trustee, Founding Director of Hartnell College Foundation, and dear friend has remembered Hartnell College Foundation with a bequest. Prior to his death, Dr. Fassett created a charitable remainder trust with a life estate for a long-time friend. Hartnell College Foundation is named as one of the beneficiaries of the trust.

donor-fassettDr. Fassett was born in Des Moines, Iowa, and grew up in Gonzales. He attended Gonzales High School and later attended and graduated from Salinas High School. He was a graduate of Hartnell College and transferred to Stanford University, where he completed medical school. After serving in the Army for three years as a Captain, he finished his family practice residency at Monterey County Hospital, now known as Natividad Medical Center. He then returned to Gonzales where he was a family practitioner from 1948 until his retirement due to health problems in 1988.

In 1980, Dr. Fassett received the California Medical Association’s first Plessner Award as the finest family practitioner in California. Subsequently, he was runner-up for Family Practitioner of the Year in the United States.

Dr. Fassett served as a Founding Director of the Hartnell College Foundation and was instrumental in convincing his friend, the late Villeroy Gleason, also a Trustee of the College, to bequeath the Gleason Center in King City to the Hartnell College Foundation.

Dr. Fassett served as a Trustee for Hartnell College for over 24 years and was extremely proud of his involvement in establishing Hartnell’s Registered Nursing Program and the cooperative Physicians Assistant Program between Hartnell College and Stanford University. In 1983, Dr. Fassett received the Hartnell College Foundation Distinguished Service Award recognizing his accomplishments and service to the Foundation, the College, and the community.

Throughout his 40 years of service, Dr. Fassett always dedicated himself to helping others. Hartnell College and the Hartnell College Foundation are deeply grateful to Dr. Fassett for his involvement with the College as a Trustee and as a Foundation Director. Both the College and the Foundation appreciate his most generous bequest.