As the Johns Hopkins Initiative draws near to reaching its ambitious $1.2 billion goal, some recent gifts have been announced.
Two gifts for student aid endowment were the first to be enhanced and accelerated by the new Bloomberg Challenge at the Homewood schools. Donald Fink, Engr 59 and 61 (M.S.), of Towson, Md., has committed $100,000 for the Robert H. Roy Fellowship in the Whiting School of Engineering. His gift has been doubled to $200,000 by the Challenge. At the Krieger School of Arts and Sciences, Alan Levi, A&S 71, of Westport, Conn., has established the Elliot and Marjory Levi Scholarship in his parentsı names. His scholarship is immediately activated by the Bloomberg Challenge, so it will be awarded beginning in the fall of 1999. The Challenge provides funds equivalent to the annual income the endowed fund eventually will generate.
With a commitment of $1 million, Donald and Evelyn Spiro have created the Donald W. and Evelyn Spiro Fund for Medical Research. The Kinnelon, N.J., couple will meet annually with the dean of the School of Medicine to determine what areas the endowment income will support.
A donor who wishes to remain anonymous has made two gifts totaling more than $1 million to the Institute for the Academic Advancement of Youth. The gifts are unrestricted.
The late Esther Dunlap of Bryn Mawr, Pa., left $1.16 million to the Johns Hopkins Childrenıs Center in memory of her husband. The Andrew Dunlap Memorial Fund will support research in pediatric endocrinology.
John W. Athens, Med 48, and his wife, Georgia R. Athens, Nurs 46, have committed $522,300 to the School of Medicine through establishment of a charitable remainder trust. The Salt Lake City couple made their pledge in honor of John Athensı 50th class reunion, which will be celebrated this spring. He recently retired from teaching at the University of Utah Medical Center.
The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation has awarded two three-year grants totaling $910,000 to the School of Public Health. One grant, for $550,000, will support a distance education program to train African university students and public health professionals in population studies and reproductive health. The other, for $360,000, will support applied research and training designed to strengthen both demographic monitoring of refugee and displaced populations and provision of health services to these groups.