Meyerhoff pledges $3 million to Hopkins Donation to university includes $2 million toward cancer center

THE BALTIMORE SUN

Baltimore philanthropist Harvey "Bud" Meyerhoff has pledged $3 million to the Johns Hopkins University as part of the university's $900 million campaign.

Meyerhoff, a Hopkins university trustee who formerly headed the Johns Hopkins Hospital's board of trustees, previously established an endowed professorship in Near Eastern Studies and a cancer prevention center at Hopkins' School of Public Health. The cancer center was named in honor of him and his late wife, Lyn Meyerhoff.

The new gift includes $2 million toward the completion of Hopkins' $97 million comprehensive cancer center; $500,000 for a fellowship at Hopkins' Nitze School for Advanced International Studies; and $500,000 for an endowed professorship in bioethics at the public health school.

"To engage fully in life, all of us need strong minds and healthy bodies, which are essentially the goals of all endeavors at Johns Hopkins," Meyerhoff said in a written statement. "I want to help ensure that Hopkins will continue to excel in those endeavors. I will do whatever I can to see that this takes place."

Meyerhoff told Hopkins officials that he hopes to direct more of his family's money toward Hopkins' five-year, $900 million drive, most of which will go to increase the university's endowment and to pay for major construction projects such as the cancer center.

Through April 30, the initiative had secured about $574.9 million, about half in gifts and half in pledges. The drive is due to be completed in February 2000.

Meyerhoff's gift is not one of the largest -- Hopkins trustee Michael Bloomberg's promise of $55 million is -- but campus officials were quick to praise Meyerhoff for his commitment to the university.

"The thing with Bud Meyerhoff is that he and his family have been so extraordinarily generous to Hopkins, and Baltimore, and points beyond here, that his involvement in a project is indeed a stamp of approval," said Robert L. Lindgren, Hopkins' vice president for development and alumni relations. "It does help us approach others."

The scion of the Meyerhoff fam- ily, with a fortune based on real estate development, Meyerhoff has built a record as a prodigious backer of cultural and educational institutions in Baltimore and elsewhere. He is perhaps best known outside Maryland for his efforts as president of the board of the U.S. Holocaust Museum in Washington, for which he raised $150 million in private gifts. He has also been involved with the United Way and the Associated: Jewish Community Federation of Baltimore.

Pub Date: 5/14/96

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