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.

 

VEENA DAS, Krieger-Eisenhower Professor, is the author, editor or co-editor of nine books, including Critical Events: An Anthropological Perspective on Contemporary India and Structure and Cognition: Aspects of Hindu Caste and Ritual. Her latest book, Life and Words: Violence and the Descent into the Ordinary was published by the University of California Press in 2006. In 1995, Dr. Das received the Anders Retzius Gold Medal from the Swedish Society of Anthropology and Geography. She is an honorary foreign fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences and a recipient of an honorary doctorate from the University of Chicago. A scholar of comparative ethics, social theory, collective violence, and medical anthropology, Dr. Das serves on editorial boards and professional communities including the governing body of the International Center for Ethnic Studies at Columbo. She joined the faculty in anthropology in 2000.