Longtime Baltimore philanthropist Willard Hackerman dies at 95

BALTIMORE - Willard Hackerman, longtime president and CEO of the Whiting-Turner Contracting Company, and Baltimore philanthropist has died. He was 95.

Hackerman, a 1938 Johns Hopkins graduate, helped re-establish the university's stand-alone engineering school and secured the school-naming gift from the estate of his mentor, G.W.C. Whiting.

A Forest Park native, Hackerman and his wife, Lillian, were longtime supporters of Johns Hopkins. Through the years, they funded the Willard and Lillian Hackerman Chair in Radiation Oncology at the Johns Hopkins School of Medicine, construction of the Hackerman-Patz Patient and Family Pavilion, and the Hackerman Research Laboratories at the Sidney Kimmel Comprehensive Cancer Center. They also provided major support for the Robert H. and Clarice Smith Building at the Wilmer Eye Institute.

"On behalf the people of Maryland, I would like to express our deepest condolences to the family of Willard Hackerman," said Gov. Martin O'Malley in a statement. "Over the course of his 75 years with the Whiting-Turner Contracting company, Mr. Hackerman made philanthropy a guiding principle of his career.

"From the mansion on Mount Vernon Place that became the Walters Art Museum, to the Whiting School of Engineering and the Hackerman-Patz Patient and Family Pavilion, ours is a healthier, more educated State because of Mr. Hackerman's generous contributions and will continue to be so for years to come. Our thoughts and prayers go out to Willard's wife Lillian and his family as they celebrate his life."

In addition, Hackerman gave the largest gift in the history of the Baltimore City Community College Foundation – $250,000 –  and established the Lillian and Willard Hackerman Student Emergency Loan Program to finance no-interest loans for BCCC Students.

"Mr. Hackerman stood with students at Baltimore City Community College and, through his actions, reminded everyone that only with true commitment to higher education can we reach our full potential as a forward-moving society," said Dr. Carolyn Anderson, interim president of BCCC, in a statement. "Our thoughts are with his family."

Along with his wife, Hackerman is survived by two children, five grandchildren and 23 great-grandchildren.

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