Henry N. Wagner Jr., M.D.: Time to Give Back

Six years after Henry Wagner Jr. graduated from Hopkins, he returned as chief medical resident and launched the Division of Nuclear Medicine in the Departments of Radiology and Medicine. Since then, his research has made him a pioneer in the field.

For 45 years, Wagner has maintained a vital presence at Hopkins. Today he is a part-time professor in the Environmental Health Sciences. "I work 24/7," he says, smiling. "That's 24 hours a week, 7 months a year. When people ask why I've stayed at Hopkins all this time, I reply, 'Why go somewhere else when you're already there?'"

Wagner's deep appreciation for Hopkins stems from the freedom and support he received as he changed an emerging science into an important part of clinical medicine and biomedical research. The Henry N. Wagner Jr., M.D., Professorship in Nuclear Medicine was named in his honor—the first nuclear medicine professorship in the world.

To celebrate his 50th reunion, Wagner and his wife, Anne, established a deferred charitable gift annuity to support the Nuclear Medicine division. This type of planned gift combines philanthropy to Hopkins with the comfort of additional income and security in the Wagners' later years. Because they've deferred taking income on the annuity, they'll receive a higher fixed return on their gift, as well as a higher income-tax deduction. Once the annuity payments begin, Hopkins guarantees they'll continue for the life of the donors. For the Wagners, a deferred charitable gift annuity is a perfect match. "We don't need the money right now," explains Henry Wagner. "This is our insurance policy for whatever may happen in the future."

Gift vehicle used: Deferred charitable gift annuity

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