Mick and Nancy Webster: Marking a Milestone Reunion

At 10 years old, Mick Webster discovered a love of lacrosse—and Johns Hopkins. Growing up in Bolton Hill, Webster idolized his neighbor, Joe Sollers, an All-American goalie for the Blue Jays who gave Webster his first lacrosse stick. “I went to watch him play all the time,” Webster remembers. “I used to back up the goal. Wherever he was, I was there.”

Eight years later, Webster was living his childhood dream. He accepted a full academic scholarship to Johns Hopkins and became part of an all-star freshman team. He was no longer a kid watching from the sidelines but an All-American player himself, making things happen on the field and on campus. At Homewood, Webster was not only the co-captain of the ’59 lacrosse team, but also president of his fraternity and a member of the student council and honor commission.

Now celebrating his 50th reunion, Webster continues to make things happen for Hopkins. In honor of this landmark occasion, Webster and his wife, Nancy, have set up a bequest benefiting the university, in addition to pledging funds to use for immediate needs.

“I have made a five-year pledge to give something for Hopkins to use now, along with my bequest, which will be there for Hopkins later,” Webster says. “Our 50th reunion is a special time to get together, and I wanted to do something to honor this event. I don’t have enough to say ‘here’s a million,’ but I am happy to be able to do this.”

Webster credits his time at Johns Hopkins—his relationships with classmates, interactions with faculty and staff, and leadership roles on campus—as a defining force in his life. “My classes were great, but it was the people and the interactions that made Hopkins special to me,” notes Webster, who parlayed his undergraduate leadership experience into a successful career in financial planning and life insurance. He married his college sweetheart, raised four children, and is now a grandfather of nine. Through it all, Webster stayed connected to Hopkins and the sport he loves, playing an instrumental role in the establishment of the Lacrosse Museum and National Hall of Fame on the Homewood campus, and sharing not only his resources, but his expertise and enthusiasm, with Hopkins leadership.

Today, the kid from Bolton Hill, All-American Blue Jays co-captain, and successful family man is still backing up the goal for Hopkins. “I’ve always tried to be a do-er,” Webster declares. “It was important to me to ‘pay back’ my scholarship, and I have been fortunate enough to be able to do that, and more. It feels really good.”

Gift vehicles used: Bequest and five-year pledge

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