Born and raised in Ohio, Harman “Jack” Harrold came to California to attend the University of California, Los Angeles. Little did he know, an exciting career in commercial real estate was right around the corner.
While a UCLA student, Jack befriended a real estate developer who sold him an apartment building near campus. Jack rented the apartments to UCLA professors, students and staff. Realizing his aptitude for real estate, Jack dropped out of school and embarked on a full-time career as a successful real estate broker.
He made Los Angeles his home and soon met his late wife, Virginia. The two met in Orange County while they were each visiting Laguna Beach, though they were both living in Los Angeles at the time. Virginia and Jack loved to travel and enjoyed many international trips together.
Being active was a way of life for Jack. He was an avid sailor, loved bike riding and skied regularly until he was 80 years old. Now a resident of Corona del Mar, Jack feels fortunate to be in good health, but when he needed some routine medical care, he turned to Hoag. Consistently impressed with his physicians and experience every step of the way, Jack “always felt like [he] was in excellent hands.”
Recently, Jack began considering where he might make a significant philanthropic commitment to honor Virginia’s memory. Hoag immediately came to mind. “I wanted to give back to a charity that I know and one that is close by now that I live in this community,” Jack says. He connected with Julie Heggeness, J.D., C.S.P.G., T.E.P., executive director of gift planning and legal for Hoag Hospital Foundation, for assistance in sorting through the details of his gift.
Jack designated his support to the Jeffrey M. Carlton Heart & Vascular Institute. His generosity will enhance and expand Hoag’s capabilities in providing specialized care to patients with valve disease, vascular disease and cardiac arrhythmia. The newly named Harman & Virginia Harrold Pavilion at the Hoag Health Center Newport Beach—Mike & Lori Gray Campus is a testament to the power of philanthropy.
Grateful to support a local organization he trusts, Jack looks forward to the impact his giving will make on patients both now and in the future.