Meet Our Donors

We are grateful to the following donors, for their generosity and willingness to share their stories with others:

Betty Bucknell

Betty Buckell and Jane MacMillan were just 20 and 18 years old when they first started working together at a Baltimore bank. The two young women became fast friends, and though they were often separated by many miles Betty lived for years in the Caribbean their bond has lasted for more than five decades. Betty now resides in Clearfield, Pennsylvania, Jane in Timonium, Maryland, but they are as close as ever. Recently, they joined together to buy a stake in a thoroughbred racehorse, a 2-year-old filly named Miss Moonshine.

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Claire and Allan Jensen

Last May, when Claire and Allan Jensen, A&S '65, Med '68, invited ten Johns Hopkins students into their home and then out to dinner, there was something unique about the group they chose it consisted of six students from the School of Medicine and four students from the Peabody Institute. So how did the musicians and the future doctors get along?

"They didn't know much about each other at all, but it just worked out beautifully," Claire said. The groups shared stories about their training and their lives, and the medical students made plans to attend a Peabody performance.

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Robert H.A. Haslam, MD: A Bequest that Bridges Years and Miles

Robert H.A. Haslam, MD, a 2008 recipient of the Order of Canada (that country's highest civilian award), is quick to share the honor far beyond his homeland's borders. "Whatever contributions I've made to pediatrics," he insists, "were possible through the experience, confidence, knowledge and training I received at Johns Hopkins."

His path from Saskatoon to East Baltimore, where he spent five years as a pediatric resident in the mid-1960s, was laid by a University of Saskatchewan professor, John Gerrard, who trained under the pioneering pediatric endocrinologist Lawson Wilkins. Haslam benefited from similar mentoring. "At Johns Hopkins, the faculty members were committed to taking us under their wing," he says. "It was an exciting time."

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Elaine and John Freeman, MD

When Elaine and John Freeman, MD, began to contemplate retirement, they took stock of a lifetime of professional accomplishments his illustrious and influential career in pediatric neurology and epilepsy, and her three decades as the grande dame of communications for Johns Hopkins Medicine.

When they also took stock of their assets, they were more than pleasantly surprised to learn that, during their 70 combined years of employment at Johns Hopkins, a sizeable sum had accrued in their 403(b) retirement plan accounts.

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David Bernstein:  Lifelong Learner, Lifelong Commitment

Like many Johns Hopkins students, David Bernstein pores over reading assignments and a new course syllabus at a semester's start, looking forward to professors' insight and class discussions.

"At 75, it keeps me fresh," says Bernstein, who—more than 50 years after he graduated from Johns Hopkins University —is now a student at the Paul H. Nitze School of Advanced International Studies, taking courses on U.S. foreign policy, international relations, and Middle East studies.

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Lonnie and Betty Burnett: Honoring His Mentors

At the very start, Dr. Lonnie Burnett's new mentors gave him a piece of advice—and a shining example—upon which he would build a career: "Pursue a niche."

It was 1957, and the newly minted M.D. had just arrived in Baltimore for his residency. Burnett was matched with Drs. Howard W. Jones Jr. and Georgeanna Seegar Jones in one of the country's first medical school mentoring programs, a chance meeting that led to a powerful and lasting friendship between the young surgeon and the physician couple who together were renowned for pioneering work in the fields of female endocrinology and infertility treatment.

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Alfred L. DeSanctis: Enriching Medical Students’ Lives

Studying medicine wasn’t part of the plan when Alfred L. DeSanctis, SOM 1951, was an undergraduate at Hamilton College. Armed with a scholarship from the state of New York and a private scholarship that paid for his violin lessons, the arts- and humanities-minded young man pursued a degree in romance languages.

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Lila May Walkden Flounders: Cutting Edge Philanthropy

After graduating college in 1946, Mrs. Flounders moved to Washington, D.C., to study international relations at a visionary new school established to prepare young people for responsibilities of the post-war world, now the Johns Hopkins Paul H. Nitze School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS). She was a member of a class that she recalls had just six other women and went on to work in the male-dominated field at think tanks in Philadelphia and Cleveland, even hosting her own radio talk show on foreign policy.

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Helen J. Iliff: A Life Marked by Music and Medicine

At Johns Hopkins she found a place to nurture both. Over more than a half century, Mrs. Iliff, who also goes by Dr. Helen Ossofsky, earned an M.D. from the School of Medicine and then trained under Dr. Helen B. Taussig, the founder of pediatric cardiology, later developing relationships with budding musicians training at the Peabody Institute and attending scores of concerts and performances there.

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Irwin Kelson: Celebrating Great Teachers

As an undergraduate engineering student at The Johns Hopkins University, Irwin Kelson didn't value his professors because of their research or their published articles; he gravitated to the teachers who inspired him in the classroom. Now, 50 years after what he calls "four very, very enjoyable years," Mr. Kelson still praises teachers such as Rob Roy, who served as dean of the School of Engineering.

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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.

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Irving Mauss: Honoring a "True Pioneer"

Evelyn Mauss was just 14 years old when she organized a junior chapter of the Women's International League for Peace and Freedom in New York City in 1929. A lifelong quest for peace, justice, and public health had begun. That same quest brought her to Baltimore, where in 1941 she received her doctoral degree at the school now known as the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, and launched a scientific career dedicated to others.

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Luda and Dick Murphy: Promoting Eastern European Democracy

The Ukraine native came to the United States as a displaced person uprooted from her homeland by World War II. After graduating from Hartford Public High School in Connecticut, she was awarded a full-tuition academic scholarship to study economics at the University of Connecticut. From there, academic fellowships took her to the Paul H. Nitze School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS), where she received an all-expenses paid year at the Bologna Center and then tuition at the school's Washington, D.C., campus. While studying there for her master's degree in international relations, with a concentration in Western Europe, she met her husband, Dick Murphy, SAIS 1958. Dick received his B.A. in history at Yale University and his M.A. at SAIS with a concentration in East Asia.

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Jim and Nancy O’Neal: A Bequest Sparked by Gratitude and Hope

Jim O'Neal retired as president and CEO of Frito-Lay International in 2001. Instead of practicing his golf swing, he found himself battling a life-threatening disease: prostate cancer.

After exhaustive research about his medical options, O'Neal came to the Brady Urological Institute under the care of Dr. Patrick C. Walsh—a choice that he says saved his life. Five years later, O'Neal's cancer is cured, and, in hopes of helping researchers eradicate the disease, he and his wife, Nancy, have made a $5 million bequest intention to The Patrick C. Walsh Prostate Cancer Research Fund.

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Stanley and Linda Panitz: A Heart of Giving Seeks Solutions

The way Stanley Panitz sees it, Johns Hopkins gave him more than a degree in political science. The Baltimore resident, who graduated from the Krieger School of Arts and Sciences in 1943, believes the university gave him a firm foundation in life. Through four years in the Navy into his career as a successful businessman, it was his Johns Hopkins education that, he says, "made me a good citizen with a strong interest in politics. It was an education that stuck with me all my life."

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Maureen and Ted Robinson: One of Their Best Investments

There are as many reasons to give to Johns Hopkins as there are donors. Ted Robinson and his wife, Maureen, have a singular compelling reason: "I do not possess a Johns Hopkins degree. My parents did not go to college there, nor did my children. I have one reason for supporting Hopkins—they saved my life."

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Herbert Sloan: When Plans Change

What Herbert Sloan of Ann Arbor, Mich., especially appreciates about planned giving is its adaptability. Several years ago, he established a charitable remainder unitrust with Hopkins.

Then, the life-income gift was the most appropriate way for him to invest. "Originally, I said I would simply put Hopkins in my will," says the University of Michigan professor emeritus of surgery. "But the possibility of giving the money to Hopkins and getting both a predictable income and a tax benefit seemed particularly attractive."

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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.

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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.”

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Bonni and Joel Weinstein: Honoring Her Mother by Paying It Forward

Bonni Weinstein’s mother was determined to help her get an education. “My family was old-fashioned, and my father didn’t believe in the idea of higher education for women,” Bonni says. “So my mother went back to work to make sure I got to go to college.”

Bonni not only attended college but went on to earn her master’s degree in education in 1972, specializing in reading and learning disabilities, at the Johns Hopkins University School of Education (then called the Evening College). She then devoted her life to learning and helping others to do the same: teaching teenagers with reading disabilities in Maryland, earning a master’s in business administration, running employee training programs in California, and traveling the country as a college recruiter.

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Barbara Yinger: Celebrating Nursing Association

When Barbara Yinger graduated in 1958 with her bachelor's in nursing, she was three months pregnant and her husband had just been drafted into the Army. Nevertheless, she started her first job the next day, working as a pediatric nurse at Harriet Lane Home for Invalid Children, now part of the Johns Hopkins Children's Center.

Now retired from a long career (primarily in home health and geriatric nursing), Mrs. Yinger lives with her husband on the northern neck of Virginia. But she returns to Baltimore often to fulfill her duties as the chair of the Johns Hopkins University School of Nursing Legacy Circle and to visit with her former classmates, including one woman with whom she attended both high school and nursing school.

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