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The view of the old Hovden Cannery from Hopkins Marine Station.
David Packard with the founding four on opening day. From left: Lucile Packard (seated), David Packard, Robin Burnett, Nancy Burnett, Charles Baxter, Steve Webster
Old Cannery Inspires New Proposal
MARCH 1977A group of marine biologists think that the old Hovden Cannery located next door to Stanford University's Hopkins Marine Station in Pacific Grove would be a perfect site for a new aquarium.
This plan is the collective brainchild of Steve Webster, a professor at San Jose State University; Robin Burnett, a faculty member at Hopkins; David Packard's daughter Nancy Burnett, who did her graduate work at Moss Landing; and Charles Baxter, also a faculty member at Hopkins. These original visionaries are soon joined by David Packard's daughter Julie Packard, who majored in marine algae studies at U.C. Santa Cruz.
Location, Location, LocationThe cannery, last operated by the Portola Packing Company and closed since 1973, sits on land recently purchased by Stanford University in order to protect the shoreline next to Hopkins. In 1978, Stanford sells the land to the Monterey Bay Aquarium Foundation.