Brothers HERMAN (right) and WALTER SAMUELSON (below) were Baltimore natives who both attended high school at Baltimore City College and graduated from the University of Maryland Law School. Herman Samuelson was cofounder of the Jewish Convalescent Home and served for many years as an officer of its board of directors. He practiced law briefly and then joined with his brother to operate a successful real estate business. Their office was located near The Johns Hopkins Hospital on Monument Street for many years.
In 1995, through their estates, they created the HERMAN AND WALTER SAMUELSON FOUNDATION, which in 1997 endowed a fellowship at Hopkins to support young investigators in pediatric oncology. The foundation devotes its funds solely to religious, charitable, and educational purposes. In 1999, the foundation's trustees--Louis F. Friedman, Robert I. Damie, and D. Sylvan Friedman--made a significant addition to their earlier gift in order to create this professorship, with the intent of supporting the work of renowned Hopkins clinician-scientist Curt Civin.