Established in 1974 by the Jacob and Hilda Blaustein Foundation in memory of Jacob Blaustein

JACOB BLAUSTEIN was an industrialist who, with his father, Louis Blaustein, founded the American Oil Company and is credited with creating the first drive-through gas station and the first metered gas pump. He was also a diplomat, serving as an advisor to four United States presidents and as an American delegate to the United Nations, where he played a crucial role in gaining the inclusion of human rights provisions in the United Nations charter. He held leadership positions on the American Jewish Committee from the early 1940s until his death in 1970.


The JACOB AND HILDA BLAUSTEIN FOUNDATION was established by Morton Blaustein's mother, Hilda, and his father, Jacob, the Baltimore industrialist who founded the American Oil Company (Amoco). The foundation has provided significant support for various areas of the university and hospital.


I. WILLIAM ZARTMAN, A&S 1952 (MA), the Jacob Blaustein Professor of International Organizations and Conflict Resolution, is the former director of the SAIS Conflict Management Program and former director of the SAIS African Studies Program. He has authored seven books, edited 15 others, and is co-author and editor of the SAIS African Studies Library, which numbers 18 books so far. The past president of both the Middle East Studies Association and the American Institute for Maghrib Studies, Dr. Zartman has been a Distinguished Fellow at the U.S. Institute of Peace, Halévy Professor at the Institute of Political Studies of the Universities of Paris, and Olin Professor at the U.S. Naval Academy. He currently carries the distinction of Professor Emeritus at SAIS.