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The newspaper of The Johns Hopkins University March 31, 2008 | Vol. 37 No. 28
A Capital Day for the Pres

In the House of Delegates, Speaker Michael E. Busch, President William R. Brody, Wendy Brody and the Brodys' daughter, Ingrid Bateman.
Photo by Jay Van Rensselaer / HIPS

Senate and House of Delegates honor Brody's contributions to state

By Greg Rienzi
The Gazette

Like a beloved star athlete in his final season, President William R. Brody had better prepare himself for a round of curtain calls. He got a big one last week, courtesy of the top elected officials in Annapolis.

Brody, who announced earlier this month that he will retire on Dec. 31, was honored on Wednesday with twin recognition ceremonies in the Maryland House of Delegates and Senate. Both bodies passed resolutions that praised Brody's 12 years of service as president of Johns Hopkins and his "extraordinary contributions to the state of Maryland."

Brody, accompanied by his wife, Wendy, and daughter, Ingrid Bateman, began the day with a breakfast with Gov. Martin O'Malley and his wife, Katie, in the governor's mansion.

Brody and his family were then escorted to the House of Delegates, where speaker Michael E. Busch presented him with a warm welcome on behalf of the gathered legislature.

"Today, we honor the president who has guided one of the most prestigious universities in the country, and in the world, the last 12 years," Busch said.

Busch went on to hail Brody's role in steering the leading employer in the state and a medical institution that is second to none. Before Busch could even finish his remarks, the gathered delegates gave Brody a standing ovation.

When the applause ended, Brody stepped up to the podium to express his deep appreciation for the recognition.

"There has been no more rewarding assignment in my professional life than to be president of The Johns Hopkins University," he said. "And our ability to do the things that we do, to serve humankind, to educate the leaders of the next generation, to discover a cure for cancer, is in no small measure due to the wonderful support and partnership that we have with the state of Maryland. I just want to say thank you for all you have done."

Senate President Mike Miller, right, offers congratulations.
Photo by Jay Van Rensselaer / HIPS

More applause followed.

After Brody's remarks, Busch called the many Johns Hopkins graduates and employees in the room to the podium to have their picture taken with the president.

Later on in the Senate chamber, President Mike Miller introduced Brody with a similar warm reception.

"Under your tenure, Johns Hopkins has seen unparalleled success, and we thank you so very much," Miller said. "You've done a great job. It's a jewel that you have polished."

In his remarks to the Senate, Brody emphasized the importance of health care and education to the success of Maryland and its citizens and thanked the elected officials for recognizing this.

"Thanks to your support for the Sellinger Aid program, state-of-the-art academic facilities, research and patient care," Brody said, "we have enhanced Johns Hopkins' ability to attract the best and brightest from around the world."

After his visit to the Senate, Brody was given a brief tour of the Maryland State House, including a trip to the top of the building's dome.

The event concluded with a reception in the Calvert Room, where many members of both houses stopped by to personally thank Brody for his service.

Among them was Sen. Nathaniel J. McFadden, who, upon hearing of Brody's retirement, asked that he come to be recognized for his contributions to Maryland.

McFadden said it was an easy decision. "He has best used the university's talent and resources to move the city forward. Johns Hopkins has been a significant contributor for good, and for that we have President Brody to thank," McFadden said.

McFadden said that one of President Brody's defining traits was his willingness to reach out to the community.

"Dr. Brody you can always approach and talk to," he said. "If there was an issue, he would let us sit down and talk it out."

Del. Kumar P. Barve, the House majority leader, perhaps succinctly summed up what many had to say.

"He was a superb leader for one of the most important institutions Maryland has," Barve said, "and we're sorry to see him go."

President Brody, right, with Sen. Richard Madaleno
Photo by Jay Van Rensselaer / HIPS

Sen. Nathaniel McFadden and Sen. Lisa Gladden
Photo by Jay Van Rensselaer / HIPS

Del. Barbara Robinson (and, in the rear, Tom Lewis of Johns Hopkins)
Photo by Jay Van Rensselaer / HIPS

In the House of Delegates, Speaker Michael Busch with some of the Johns Hopkins-affilated contingent: Dels. Melvin Stukes, Barbara Robinson, Susan McComas and Brian Feldman; President Brody; Dels. Christopher Shank, Shirley Nathan-Pulliam, Dan Morhaim, Maggie McIntosh, William Frank and Justin Ross.
Photo by Jay Van Rensselaer / HIPS

Sen. Verna Jones
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Del. Hattie Harrison
Photo by Jay Van Rensselaer / HIPS

Del. Sandy Rosenberg
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