KRIEGER-EISENHOWER PROFESSORSHIP
Established in 1993 by Zanvyl Krieger in honor of Milton S. Eisenhower

Image Credit: Ferdinand Hamburger Jr. Archives, Johns Hopkins University, Milton S. Eisenhower Library MILTON S. EISENHOWER, widely regarded as a leader of great vision, holds the distinction of having served two nonconsecutive terms as president of The Johns Hopkins University. After serving from 1956 to 1967--a period in which the university's income tripled and the endowment doubled--he retired and was named president emeritus. During his tenure, the medical institutions underwent major expansion and a new library and athletic center were added at Homewood. He returned to the presidency again, in 1971-72, and is credited with restoring a sense of unity to the university. The youngest brother of U.S. President Dwight D. Eisenhower, Milton Eisenhower died in 1985.

 

ZANVYL KRIEGER, A&S 1928, celebrated his close friendship with the late university President Emeritus Milton S. Eisenhower by providing for the eventual creation of the Krieger-Eisenhower professorships--part of his record-setting 1992 endowment gift to the School of Arts and Sciences, which was named in his honor in 1995. Mr. Krieger changed the face of Baltimore through his efforts to revitalize the downtown area, his leadership in bringing professional sports teams back to his hometown, and his philanthropic and civic leadership. Mr. Krieger was an attorney and co-founded U.S. Surgical, which developed surgical staples and other innovations. At Hopkins, he funded the Krieger Professorship in Pediatric Ophthalmology, made generous gifts to the Wilmer Eye Institute's Zanvyl Krieger Children's Eye Center, which was named in his honor in 1998, and created the Krieger Professorship in Children's Health at the Bloomberg School of Public Health. Mr. Krieger died in 2000.

 

MICHELA GALLAGHER, a Krieger-Eisenhower Professor, holds appointments in psychology and neuroscience and chaired the Department of Psychological and Brain Sciences from 2000 to 2007. She has had a transformative influence on the intellectual direction of the department, including the development of new initiatives with the Krieger School's Mind-Brain Institute and the School of Medicine's Department of Neuroscience. She is a fellow in the American Association for the Advancement of Science, the American Psychological Society, and the American Psychological Association. Widely recognized as one of the leaders of a reversal in the mid-1990s of a commonly held belief about the aging brain, Dr. Gallagher was able to show that non-pathological cognitive declines were not linked to significant loss of brain cells. She helped establish and is co-director of Hopkins' Center for Neurogenetics and Behavior.