Remembering Johns Hopkins
At the Hopkins family plot, Mary
Ellen Saterlie shares her research about Johns Hopkins,
whose tombstone is second from right.
Photo by Jay Vanrensselaer/HIPS
On a windy hilltop overlooking the city he loved,
dozens of Baltimore's residents gathered at Johns Hopkins'
graveside on Christmas Eve, the anniversary of his death in
1873, to give thanks to the benefactor of the university
and hospital that bear his name.
Ross Jones, vice president and secretary emeritus of
the university, welcomed attendees and introduced Mary
Ellen Saterlie, a retired associate superintendent of
schools for Baltimore County and member of the Society of
Friends, who has done extensive research on Hopkins, who
was a Quaker. "Johns Hopkins' legacy keenly reflects Quaker
philosophy," she said. "It has been said that Quakers came
to America to do good, and they did well."
The $7 million estate left by Hopkins in equal parts
to the two institutions was, at the time, the largest
philanthropic bequest in U.S. history.
Among those who shared their appreciation during the
brief ceremony at Green Mount Cemetery were Frederick
Scott, who began his studies at the university in 1945 as
its first black undergraduate, and an unidentified woman
grateful for her treatment by a physician whose renown had
been unknown to her.
To read the obituary that appeared in The Sun
on Dec. 25, 1873, go to
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