Reclaiming the Jones Falls
The field is an ocean of clean-cut and uniform grass,
interspersed with several mature trees. To most passers-by, this
section of Wyman Park off Beech Avenue, just a short stroll from
the Homewood campus, is a pastoral and pleasant enough
But for Michael Beer, professor emeritus of
biophysics in the Krieger School of Arts and Sciences, the scene
conjures up another image.
"It's a retirement home. Those are old trees
that won't be around forever," Beer says in his refined mix of
Hungarian, Canadian and English dialect. Beer is trying to point
out the absence of young trees and vegetation in the mix. He
emphasizes how groupings of new trees will revitalize the park.
Eisenhower Remembered on
This week marks the 100th anniversary of the birth of Milton S.
Eisenhower, an "educational statesman" in the words of famed
historian Stephen E. Ambrose and a man once credited by former
Homewood dean G. Wilson Shaffer as, quite simply, "the best
president Hopkins ever had."
For most of today's students and faculty at
Johns Hopkins, Milton S. Eisenhower is a library. (Or the
"Milton" in the "Milton's Web" part of the Hopkins Internet
Yet he was the only man to serve twice as the
university's president--first from 1956 to 1967, and again for a
10-month period between 1971 and 1972--and he touched the lives
of countless students in a remarkable, deeply personal way. He
became a close friend to many undergraduates and remained so
until his death in May 1985. He was a mentor whose influence
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