GEORGE AND SADIE HYMAN CHAIR IN CHINESE STUDIES
Established in 1979 by Benjamin T. Rome and the George and Sadie Hyman Foundation

Image Credit: Clark Enterprises, Inc. GEORGE HYMAN (pictured) founded George Hyman Construction, which built some of the most important structures in America, including the Orioles Stadium at Camden Yards, the National Archives Building, and McCormick Place, the giant convention center in Chicago. When he died in 1959, his wife, SADIE HYMAN, became president of the George and Sadie Hyman Foundation, which gave generously to Hopkins. She was an early advocate of United States recognition of China and an early supporter of the Asian Studies Program at SAIS. She remained that department's key benefactor until her death in 1978.

 

Image Credit: Ferdinand Hamburger Jr. Archives, Johns Hopkins University, Milton S. Eisenhower Library BENJAMIN T. ROME, Engr 1925, generous in his support of Johns Hopkins, was chairman and president of the George Hyman Construction Company, founded by his uncle. Mr. Rome was an architect and a philanthropist who was instrumental in the creation of the China Studies Program at SAIS. One of the great honors in his life was investiture by Pope Paul VI with the rank of Knight Commander in the Order of Saint Sylvester, one of the highest church honors granted to a lay person. Mr. Rome died in 1994 at the age of 88.

 

DAVID M. LAMPTON, the George and Sadie Hyman Professor of Chinese Studies and director of the China Studies Program, is the author, co-author, or editor of nine books, including The Politics of Medicine in China and Same Bed, Different Dreams about U.S.-China relations from 1989 to 2000. A member of the faculty since 1997, he is former president of the National Committee on U.S.-China Relations and current director of China Programs at The Nixon Center. In 2004 he was named dean of the faculty, serving a 2-year term.