James Rouse undergoing treatment for lymphoma

November 03, 1995|By Adam Sachs | Adam Sachs,SUN STAFF

Columbia developer James W. Rouse has been diagnosed with a treatable form of lymphoma and is receiving chemotherapy as an outpatient, a spokesman for the Enterprise Foundation said yesterday.

Mr. Rouse, who also is founder-chairman of the Columbia-based foundation that seeks to build affordable housing nationwide, was admitted to Johns Hopkins Hospital late last month for a week of tests after complaining of fatigue, said Mark Burneko, Enterprise Foundation spokesman, speaking on behalf of the Rouse family.

Mr. Burneko said doctors are "very encouraged" by Mr. Rouse's response to initial treatment.

Mr. Rouse, 81, has been resting at home since leaving the hospital Oct. 25, Mr. Burneko said.

The Wilde Lake village resident, who in September was awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom by President Clinton for his work in American cities, will cut back on his "very busy schedule" of the past few years, Mr. Burneko said.

Mr. Rouse has made many trips raising money for the Enterprise Foundation and promoting its work transforming impoverished inner-city communities, he said.

Yesterday, Mr. Rouse was scheduled to be honored and to deliver the keynote address at the Urban Land Institute's annual conference in Philadelphia.

Mr. Rouse's wife, Patty, was to deliver the address in his place, Mr. Burneko said.

In October 1994, Mr. Rouse -- who engineered the purchase of 14,000 acres of Howard County farmland in the early 1960s for his model city -- suffered a minor stroke and underwent physical therapy.

The retired Rouse Co. chief executive officer had coronary bypass surgery in May 1992.

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