Stephen Muller


December 15, 2007|By Jacques Kelly

Former Johns Hopkins University and Hospital President Stephen Muller celebrated his 80th birthday on Thanksgiving at his home in the Kalorama section of Northwest Washington. Alongside was his wife, Jill McGovern, the outgoing chief executive officer of the Marrow Foundation. Muller and McGovern married seven years ago after the 1999 death of Margie Muller. He was joined by his two daughters, Julie and Elizabeth, and their families, including five grandchildren.

Muller and McGovern visited the Johns Hopkins Nanjing Center in China, an institution he created while the university's president. While there he walked the Great Wall and climbed the steps at the Sun Yat-sen Memorial. They spent more than 2 1/2 weeks on his China holiday this past summer.

Muller, who had been living on the harbor at Fells Point, moved to Washington in 2000. He walks to his office at the Johns School of Advanced International Studies several days a week.

Muller was Hopkins president from February 1972 to June 1990 and was later board chairman of St. Mary's College of Maryland, where he worked closely with President Margaret O'Brien to help make the school into an honors college. He retains his Orioles seasons tickets and manages to make a half-dozen games a year. He also returns for medical appointments - at Hopkins, of course.

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