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.


GABRIELLE M. SPIEGEL, A&S 1970 (MA), 1974 (PhD), a Krieger-Eisenhower Professor, is internationally recognized as a creative and imaginative medievalist and has had a transformative impact on the study of historical writing in 12th- and 13th-century France. A second major strand of her work has been devoted to contemporary theory in relation to historiography generally, and her essays are among the most widely read and influential in the field of medieval history. A fellow of the Medieval Academy, Dr. Spiegel served as president of the Berkshire Conference of Women Historians, and from 2008-09 as president of the American Historical Association. She is the author of The Chronicle Tradition of Saint-Denis: A Survey; Romancing the Past: The Rise of Vernacular Historiography in Thirteenth-Century France; The Past as Text: The Theory and Practice of Medieval Historiography, and Practicing History: New Directions in Historical Writing after the Linguistic Turn.