Remembering Mr. Hopkins
Nancy McColl, at left with back to
camera, talks about Johns Hopkins' legacy.
Photo by Jay VanRensselaer / HIPS
On the 135th anniversary of Johns Hopkins' death,
employees, alumni and friends of the
university and hospital that bear his name gathered at his
graveside to remember the institutions'
benefactor. The informal Dec. 24 ceremony — an event
that draws scores of appreciative attendees to
Green Mount Ceremony each year — included a brief
talk by Nancy McColl, director of the Medical
Archives, on "The Legacy of Johns Hopkins' Conscience." Mr.
Hopkins, who died on Christmas Eve 1873,
directed that his $7 million estate be used in equal parts
to establish the two institutions in Baltimore
whose mission would be to do good in the world. It was, at
the time, the largest philanthropic bequest
in U.S. history.
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