Established in 1981 by Willard and Lillian Hackerman

WILLARD HACKERMAN, Engr 1938, and his wife, LILLIAN PATZ HACKERMAN, are both prominent in Baltimore and Maryland civic life. Mr. Hackerman served for years as a university trustee, then trustee emeritus. He joined the Whiting-Turner Contracting Company after graduating from Hopkins and considers G.W.C. Whiting to have been his mentor. For over 50 years, Mr. Hackerman has served as president and chief executive officer of Whiting-Turner, overseeing the construction of many distinctive buildings throughout the country. He chaired the committee that established the Whiting School in 1979. In 1990, he received an honorary degree from Hopkins. The Hackermans have contributed to the creation of Hackerman-Patz House, a residence for oncology patients, and to the new cancer clinical and research buildings. In 2005, Mr. Hackerman established the Hackerman Polytechnic Scholarships, which provide full tuition for graduates of Baltimore Polytechnic Institute who have been admitted to the Whiting School as undergraduates.

In 2010, the Computational Science and Engineering building--which opened on the Decker Quad in 2008 as a headquarters for advanced interdisciplinary research crossing the borders of engineering, computer science, mathematics, and medicine--was rededicated as Hackerman Hall to recognize Mr. Hackerman's philanthropic support of the university.


MARIKKI K. LAIHO, the Willard and Lillian Hackerman Professor of Radiation Oncology, directs the Division of Molecular Radiation Sciences in the Department of Radiation Oncology at Johns Hopkins. The recently established division focuses on the basic mechanistic aspects of cellular responses to genetic lesions and strives toward translating this information to improved cancer therapies. Dr. Laiho is interested in the relevance and implications of cellular DNA damage response in cancer, and has published nearly 70 peer-reviewed articles on the results of her research. Dr. Laiho also holds a part-time position as professor in molecular cancer medicine at the University of Helsinki, where she earned her Bachelor of Medicine, Licentiate of Medicine (MD) and Doctor of Medical Science (PhD) degrees. She was awarded the Helsinki City Science Prize in 2003.