BENJAMIN T. ROME (pictured) (1905-1994) graduated from Johns Hopkins University in 1925 with a degree in civil engineering. He spent his entire career at the George Hyman Construction Company, where he and his uncle, George Hyman, expanded the company’s business until it was one of the region’s largest construction firms, building numerous landmarks in the nation’s capital.
In 1950, a young civil engineer named A. JAMES CLARK joined the company and, together, he and Rome transformed it into a leading national firm. In the late 1960s, Clark succeeded his mentor as company president and today serves as chairman and chief executive of the company, now known as Clark Enterprises, based in Bethesda, Maryland.
Over the years, Clark has been a steadfast supporter and friend of Johns Hopkins. A trustee emeritus of The Johns Hopkins University and Johns Hopkins Medicine, Clark had the vision and generosity that allowed for the construction of Clark Hall.
In 2008, Clark endowed the deanship of the Whiting School in honor of his mentor and business colleague. The Benjamin T. Rome Deanship became the third endowed deanship in the nine academic divisions of Johns Hopkins, an institution Rome supported generously during his lifetime.
Dedicated to furthering education and tolerance among world religions, Rome was an advocate for the Paul H. Nitze School of Advanced International Studies, playing a pivotal role in the creation of the school’s China Studies Program as well as supporting many other organizations.