One of life's most generous acts can be accomplished through a bequest, the simple act of naming a beneficiary of a will or trust. Creating a legacy with a bequest benefiting Emanate Health was an important decision for both Howard Hatfield and Kathleen Harland.
Howard Hatfield: A good and generous man
Howard Hatfield was a resourceful fellow: He was only 14 years old (during World War II) when he gathered up spare parts and built his own automobile, fueling it with dry cleaning fluid instead of gasoline, due to rationing. This launched Howard's hobby of tinkering and living life through machinery, including his lifelong career as an aerospace engineer.
Born in Pasadena in 1928, Howard was educated at UC Berkeley, Occidental College and USC. Christopher Parry, a good friend and, after Howard's death, trustee of the Hatfield estate, lauds Howard as an outstanding engineer, but has even more to say about his character: "Howard was a good and generous man. It's important to recognize what he did for others through the gift of his life savings."
Howard Hatfield's bequest to Emanate Health reflects his deep gratitude for the care he and others received. Residents of Glendora, Howard and his wife Virginia utilized Emanate Health Foothill Presbyterian Hospital for their health care. Howard expressed a particular desire to leave a legacy to Emanate Health Hospice in appreciation of their care for a friend. Thanks to the Hatfield's advanced planning and kindness, both Emanate Health Foothill Presbyterian Hospital and Emanate Health Hospice will have even more of what they need to continue caring for others.
Kathleen Harland: A woman of substance
Kathleen Harland, known as "K," was born in 1919 in New Dorp, Staten Island, New York. Margaret Reiser and Pamela Sandon, K's cousins, describe her as the smallest Harland in stature, but large in her legacy of a generous spirit and gifts to worthy causes. In 2017, Emanate Health Hospice was one of the fortunate beneficiaries of her philanthropy through the K. Harland Trust.
Educated in New York City public schools, K began her career with Caltex, a joint venture between Standard Oil Co. of California and The Texas Co. (later Chevron and Texaco). K flourished in her job as a procurement executive and remained there through her 40-year career. Personally, K traveled extensively and was passionate about museums, the symphony and opera. Following trips to Tanzania and Kenya, she developed a love and concern for animals.
Happiest surrounded by family, K enjoyed Harland family reunions in Scotland, Canada and Georgia. After living in New York City and then Texas, K spent her final 32 years in San Dimas. Margaret Reiser serves as the trustee of the K. Harland estate and sees the result of her cousin's lifelong habits of thrift and loyalty. Through her bequest, K was able to share significant assets, with her generosity reflecting the people and passions she held so dear.