Retired Opera Singer Pledges $1 Million
|Johns Hopkins University Student Arts Center|
The student arts center will serve principally students in the university's Krieger School of Arts and Sciences and Whiting School of Engineeringncreasing numbers of whom are enrolled in joint programs at the Peabody Conservatory. Peabody became affiliated with Johns Hopkins in 1977.
"We could not be more pleased with Mrs. Ver Valen's generosity in helping to fund this important facility, which will so greatly enrich our students' lives," university president William R. Brody said.
Ver Valen, 95, has previously made significant gifts to Peabody, to Johns Hopkins Medicine and to other local institutions such as the Baltimore Opera Company, which she nourished in its infancy and for which she chaired the annual vocal competition for 30 years.
A native of New Castle, Pa., she graduated from Peabody in the 1920s and married fellow student Alfred Ver Valen, who became a successful real estate developer. She toured the East Coast as a member of the DeFeo and Columbia opera companies, performing such roles as Nedda in Pagliacci, Pamina in The Magic Flute and Mimi in La Boheme. She also taught many years in Peabody's Preparatory Division.
Besides the Baltimore Opera Company, her civic involvements include the Walters Art Gallery, Grace United Methodist Church, the Three Arts Club of Homeland, the Baltimore Symphony Associates and the Baltimore Opera Guild.
Ver Valen is a founding member of the Opera Guild International, which honored her in 1998 with its award for outstanding service in the field of opera.
The student arts center is one of the capital projects targeted by the Johns Hopkins Initiative, the fund-raising campaign of The Johns Hopkins University and The Johns Hopkins Hospital and Health System. The campaign, which recently reached its overall $1.2 billion goal, will continue as scheduled through June 2000 in support of university and health system priorities, including endowment, facilities, student aid, and library technology.
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