Dene Lusby: Helping Others Get the Most out of Life

Dene Lusby's years at Hopkins were a time for "intellectual awakening; the discovery of the value of teamwork and camaraderie and just plain good times." Now retired and living in Arizona, Mr. Lusby received his law degree from the University of Maryland in 1958 and spent the next four decades serving as an attorney for a variety of city, state and federal agencies. The lessons learned both in and out of the classroom at Hopkins "have been invaluable throughout my life," Mr. Lusby notes.

He arrived at Johns Hopkins "an intellectually curious only child of modest circumstances" and fondly recalls spending "mornings and early afternoons in the company of academic giants, devouring lectures by Sidney Painter on medieval history, George Boas on philosophy, Bentley Glass on genetics and Earl Wasserman on the Romantic poets."

Beyond the classroom, Mr. Lusby was a member of the Blue Jays lacrosse team, as well as a brother of Alpha Tau Omega fraternity. "I can remember a thousand evenings at the fraternity house, where, for the first time in my life, I had brothers," he recalls.

The experiences and education afforded Mr. Lusby at Hopkins led him to think he'd "become the most privileged kid on the face of the earth." In giving back to Johns Hopkins through a bequest, Mr. Lusby has designated his gift to the School of Medicine's Department of Neuroscience.

Moved in part by an article he read in Johns Hopkins Magazine about research being done on depression, Mr. Lusby decided to create The Lusby Fund for Mood Disorders. His bequest will help fund research into the causes of depression. "There are so many people who aren't getting all they could get out of life, and this research may be able to help."

Gift vehicle used: Bequest

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