Established in 1988 with funds from the estate of James R. Herbert Boone and with support from Edward K. Dunn Jr.

Image Credit: Sotheby's JAMES R. HERBERT BOONE, A&S 1921, left his Baltimore home, the Oak Hill House, and art collection to Hopkins to support the humanities. The university used part of the proceeds of these gifts to endow this professorship. Mr. Boone and his wife, MURIEL HARMAR WURTZ-DUNDAS BOONE, spent much of their married life in Europe where they were granted audiences with the Pope and royalty in England and Italy. Mr. Boone made headlines in the 1930s for funding a lengthy but unsuccessful hunt for the famous sunken treasure of King John Lackland of England off the English coast. He died in 1983.


EDWARD K. DUNN JR. serves as trustee emeritus on the board of Johns Hopkins Medicine. He was president of Mercantile Bankshares and Mercantile-Safe Deposit & Trust Company and a general partner of Alex. Brown & Sons. Active in philanthropic, civic, and corporate life in Baltimore, he is on the boards of not-for-profit organizations and also is a director of several corporate boards. In addition to this professorship, he and his family have supported numerous projects at the university and hospital, including construction of the new cancer buildings and research in neurology.


MICHAEL FRIED, the James R. Herbert Boone Professor of Humanities, holds a joint appointment in the Humanities Center and the Department of the History of Art. A scholar of broad interests and expertise, Dr. Fried is the author of books about 18th- and 19th-century painting and literature, a collection of criticism of contemporary art, and several volumes of poetry. In the spring of 2002 he delivered the Andrew W. Mellon Lectures in the Fine Arts at the National Gallery in Washington, DC. In 2004 he was one of that year's recipients of the Mellon Distinguished Achievement Awards.