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Annual Johns Hopkins Graveside Commemoration on Christmas Eve

THE JOHNS HOPKINS UNIVERSITY
OFFICE OF NEWS AND INFORMATION
901 S. Bond Street, Suite 540
Baltimore, MD 21231
Phone: (443) 287-9960 / Fax: (443) 287-9920 

December 20, 2010

 Media Advisory

To:     Reporters, editors, producers, assignment editors
From: Dennis O’Shea
                 Office: 443-287-9960
                 Cell: 410-499-7460
                 dro@jhu.edu

Every Dec. 24, a number of us from Johns Hopkins take time from holiday preparations to gather around a rather plain, unassuming family gravesite in Baltimore’s Green Mount Cemetery.

Why? Because it’s the anniversary of the death of the man who made Johns Hopkins possible: Mr. Johns Hopkins, who died on Christmas Eve in 1873.

Johns Hopkins, founder of the university and hospital

Johns Hopkins, founder of the university and hospital

Once again this Friday, Dec. 24, several dozen members of the Johns Hopkins community – from both the university and the health system – are expected at the annual graveside observance honoring our founder.

Mr. Hopkins left $7 million in his will, at that time the largest philanthropic bequest in U.S. history, to establish the university and hospital that have evolved into today’s Johns Hopkins. That gift is still working to bring the benefits of knowledge, understanding and compassion to the world.

The brief tribute to the founder’s memory will start at 10 a.m. on Friday, the 137th anniversary of his death.

The informal observance, including remembrances of Mr. Hopkins and a wreath laying, is arranged by university Vice President and Secretary Emeritus Ross Jones. He will also be this year’s speaker, offering remarks on the historical context of Mr. Hopkins’ last years.

Your coverage is invited. To reach the Hopkins family gravesite, enter Green Mount Cemetery at the main gate along Greenmount Avenue, about five blocks south of North Avenue. Drive straight up the hill and park near the crest. If you have any problems finding the location, call my cell phone at 410-499-7460.

To read Mr. Hopkins’ obituary from the Dec. 25, 1873, edition of the Baltimore Sun, go to http://www.jhu.edu/125th/links/obit.html  

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