Johns Hopkins Gazette: March 18, 1996

Alums, Friends Keep Initiative On Track To Reach Goal

Dennis O'Shea


Homewood News and Information

     The Johns Hopkins Initiative has raised virtually

three-fifths of its $900 million goal, with almost four years

left to go.

     Recent seven-figure commitments have helped push total gifts

and pledges in the campaign to $537.8 million--59.75 percent of

the goal--as of Feb. 29. 

     Commitments specifically for endowment and facilities are up

to $363.9 million, 69 percent of the $525 million goal in those

two areas, which are the primary focus of the campaign.

     The Johns Hopkins Initiative is a joint campaign of the

university and the Johns Hopkins Hospital and Health System. It

was publicly launched on Oct. 1, 1994, and is scheduled to end in


     The campaign made it past halfway to its goal last October,

the first anniversary of the public launch, with the announcement

of a $55 million commitment from trustee Michael Bloomberg, who

chairs the campaign. It was the largest gift in Hopkins history.

     Commitments announced since then include a $5 million

bequest pledge for Public Health from Katharine E. Welsh, a

protozoology student there in the early 1930s. Alumni Council

members Scott M. Black (A&S '68) and his sister, Barbara C. Black

(A&S '77, SHPH '81) have pledged $2 million to endow a

professorship in economics in the Zanvyl Krieger School of Arts

and Sciences. 

     The family of the late Julian Smith (WSE '52), founder of

the Sinclair Broadcast Group and WBFF-TV in Baltimore, has

pledged $2 million for a chair in electrical engineering.

     Albert "Cubby" Broccoli, producer of the James Bond films

and a former Hopkins patient, and his wife, Dana, gave $1 million

to the Wilmer Eye Institute and $1 million to create the Dana and

Albert Broccoli Center for Aortic Surgery.

     Other recent major gifts:

     *    Burton and Miriam Grossman, members of the Wilmer

advisory council, have doubled their original $1.5 million

commitment to support blindness prevention.

     *    U.S. Healthcare has pledged $1.5 million to endow a

professorship in genetics at the School of Medicine.

     *    Sylvia Friedberg Nachlas, late vice president and

treasurer of Fair Lanes Inc., left a bequest of $1.2 million to

be shared by the Peabody Institute, the Krieger School and the

School of Medicine.

     *    Karl H. Hagen, a Wilmer patient, has given real estate

valued at $1 million for an endowment to support research and

treatment of macular degeneration.

     *    Annette Strauss, a former mayor of Dallas, her husband,

Theodore, and their daughter and son-in-law, Nancy and Jeremy

Halbreich, pledged $750,000 toward the endowment of a

professorship at the Gastrointestinal Motility and Disorders

Center at Johns Hopkins Bayview Medical Center.

     *    Trustee Naneen Neubohn and her husband, Axel, both

graduates of SAIS's  Bologna Center, have given $500,000.

Together with $500,000 from the Robert Bosch Foundation and

additional funds from other sources, the gift will establish the

Steven Muller Chair in German Studies at the Bologna Center.

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