W.W. SPENCE CHAIR IN SEMITIC LANGUAGES
Established in 1904 by the University in honor of W.W. Spence

Image Credit: Michael McGovern WILLIAM WALLACE SPENCE, a native of Scotland who became a Baltimore merchant and banker, was an early and generous supporter of Hopkins. He was a moving force behind early fundraising efforts. He and two other board members together gave fully half of the total $1 million raised during the 1902 Endowment Fund campaign. Because he was an early supporter of the Oriental Seminary, now the Department of Near Eastern Studies, the university named the Chair in Semitic Languages in his honor. Mr. Spence also donated the fine marble reproduction of Thorvaldsen's Christus Consolator (pictured) to the hospital. The statue stands under the dome of the original entrance lobby at The Johns Hopkins Hospital. Mr. Spence died in 1915 at the age of 100 years.

 

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