Established in 1986 by Alex. Brown & Sons in honor of Benjamin H. Griswold III

BENJAMIN H. GRISWOLD III, a university trustee from 1951 to 1980 and thereafter trustee emeritus, was senior partner of the Baltimore investment firm of Alex. Brown & Sons, whose partners endowed this chair in his honor to recognize his leadership and longtime generosity at Johns Hopkins. Mr. Griswold served as a lieutenant in the U.S. Navy during World War II, for which he earned British, French, and American medals recognizing his participation in the North African invasion. He was a director of Fidelity & Deposit Company of Maryland, Black & Decker, the A.S. Abell Comapny, and many other firms in the region. Mr. Griswold died on January 16, 2006.


ALEX. BROWN & SONS, founded in 1800 and now known as DEUTSCHE BANK ALEX. BROWN, is the oldest investment banking and securities firm in the United States. Mr. Griswold is a descendant of the firm's founder, Alexander Brown. The company has been a longtime and generous supporter of the university.


ANDREW CHERLIN, the Benjamin H. Griswold III Professor of Public Policy, is a sociologist whose research focuses on the sociology of the family and social demography, with particular emphasis on public policy issues, such as the effects of family changes and welfare policy on the well-being of children. He has received the Distinguished Career Award from the Family Section of the American Sociological Association and a John Simon Guggenheim Foundation Fellowship. Dr. Cherlin is the author or co-author of five books and more than 60 scholarly articles and has given expert testimony before the U.S. Congress. He joined the Hopkins faculty in 1976.