CHAIR IN MUSIC HISTORY AND CRITICISM
Established in 1985 by Clara Hendin, Ruth Blaustein Rosenberg, Morton Blaustein, and Joseph Meyerhoff

Image Credit: Ferdinand Hamburger Jr. Archives, Johns Hopkins University, Milton S. Eisenhower Library MORTON K. BLAUSTEIN, A&S 1950, one of Baltimore's most active civic leaders and philanthropists, was a longtime university trustee and the chairman and chief executive officer of the American Trading and Production Corporation. He held a doctorate in petroleum geology and was appointed to the National Petroleum Council by the U.S. Secretary of the Interior. The Alumni Association presented Dr. Blaustein with its Distinguished Alumnus Award in 1976. The Morton K. Blaustein Department of Earth and Planetary Sciences is also named in memory of Dr. Blaustein, who died in 1990 at the age of 64. He also created, with others, the Chair in Music History and Criticism at the Peabody Conservatory.

 

In addition to her generous contribution to this professorship, CLARA HENDIN has supported harp instruction and made other significant gifts to Peabody. She also has served as a Peabody trustee. Mrs. Hendin is the daughter of philanthropist Marion Tully Dimmick and archaeologist John Dimmick.

 

Image Credit: Stephen McDaniel RUTH BLAUSTEIN ROSENBERG, Peab 1937, studied voice and piano at the conservatory and remained close to the school throughout her life--as a concertgoer, generous contributor, and a member of the Peabody Board of Trustees and later a Peabody Advisory Council member. With her husband, Baltimore industrialist Henry Rosenberg Sr., she was a generous supporter of Johns Hopkins and the cultural life of Baltimore. Mrs. Rosenberg co-founded the Baltimore Chamber Music Society and was honored with the creation of the Ruth Blaustein Rosenberg Concertmaster's Chair at the Baltimore Symphony in 1980, the Mayor's Award for Outstanding Support of the Arts by a Private Citizen in 1983, and the George Peabody Medal for Outstanding Contributions to Music in America presented in 1991 by Peabody. She died in 1992 at the age of 92.

 

Image Credit: Leonard L. Greif Jr. JOSEPH MEYERHOFF was a noted Baltimore philanthropist whose generosity made possible the Joseph Meyerhoff Symphony Hall, home of the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra. A former Peabody trustee, he received an honorary doctorate from the university in 1983. Mr. Meyerhoff, who died in 1985, and his wife, Rebecca, were ardent supporters of the arts and civic life.

 

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