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Hopkins benefactor: Naming public health school after him underscores his gifts to university.

April 24, 2001

FOR OVER a decade, Michael R. Bloomberg has been a dominant force at the Johns Hopkins University. He has used his wealth to fortify his alma mater and his brains to help direct the world-renowned institution.

Now it's Hopkins' turn to return the favor: Yesterday, it put his name on a school that has done wondrous things to prevent disease -- the Bloomberg School of Public Health.

To date, Mr. Bloomberg has given Hopkins more than $100 million of his fortune earned from his widely used financial news and information service. He earmarked $35 milion of his donations to the public health school.

Not only has his personal generosity made a difference, he spearheaded the university's wildly successful fund-raising drive that ended with commitments of $1.5 billion.

Mr. Bloomberg may not be finished. The 1964 Hopkins graduate in electrical engineering is just 59. He's looking at running for mayor of New York. And he's got another year to serve as chairman of Hopkins' board of trustees.

His donations have eclipsed all others. His name adorns a physics and astronomy building and he endowed an arts history professorship to honor his mother.

Why Hopkins? "Hopkins taught me how to think," he once said. "I also learned how to deal with people."

There couldn't be a greater compliment. It is also what the renamed Bloomberg School of Public Health seeks to achieve for decades to come.

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