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December 10, 2013
You Are Invited: Graveside Remembrance of Mr. Johns Hopkins
Dear Colleagues:

Most of the year, we rush ahead to where we're going. December is a good time to stop and remember where we came from.

At Johns Hopkins, it's a particularly good time to remember that we came from the magnificent philanthropic act of one man.

Our annual observance in honor of that man—Mr. Johns Hopkins—will take place at his grave in Green Mount Cemetery at 10 a.m. on Tuesday, Dec. 24. That day is the 140th anniversary of his death. You are cordially invited.

Mr. Hopkins left $7 million in his will to establish a university and hospital in Baltimore that revolutionized higher education and health care and evolved into the worldwide Johns Hopkins institutions we know today.

Our 15th consecutive Christmas Eve observance, led as always by university Vice President and Secretary Emeritus Ross Jones, will include informal remembrances of Mr. Hopkins and presentation of a memorial wreath. We will also hear brief comments from local historian Wayne Schaumburg, who frequently gives tours of Green Mount Cemetery and other historic Baltimore locations. Mr. Schaumburg will place the burial of Mr. Hopkins in the context of the historic importance of the cemetery, which opened in 1839 and is also the burial spot of Enoch Pratt, William and Henry Walters, Mary Elizabeth Garrett, John Wilkes Booth, Betsy Patterson, Walter Lord, Theodore McKeldin, and other significant Marylanders.

To reach the gravesite, enter at the cemetery's main gate along Greenmount Avenue, about five blocks south of North Avenue; drive straight up the hill, park near the crest, and look for our gathering to the right. For information, contact me at or 443-287-9960 (cell phone on Dec. 24: 410-499-7460).

To read Mr. Hopkins' obituary from the Dec. 25, 1873, edition of the "Baltimore Sun," go to


Dennis O'Shea
Office of Communications

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