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Four Alumni Awarded
Inaugural Dean’s Medals

At last spring's celebration marking the successful conclusion of the School of Arts and Sciences' Knowledge for the World campaign, James B. Knapp Dean Adam Falk paid tribute to four exceptionally dedicated and influential alumni by naming them inaugural recipients of the Dean's Medal.

The Dean's Medal is the highest honor the School of Arts and Sciences can bestow. It is awarded at the discretion of the dean to individuals "whose visionary leadership has transformed the school." Those honored in May have a long history of giving back to their alma mater and enriching the Hopkins community.

J. Barclay Knapp ’79: Founder of Charles Street Partners and a senior fellow in the school's Center for Financial Economics, Knapp endowed the deanship of the school in 1999 in honor of his father. A university trustee and member of the school's Advisory Board, Knapp co-chaired the university's Knowledge for the World campaign.

Charles D. Miller ’49: The retired chairman and CEO of Avery Dennison Corp., Miller is a presidential counselor, university trustee emeritus, and former Advisory Board member. In 1998, he received the university's Heritage Award in honor of his outstanding service. A devoted advocate of Arts and Sciences and the Center for Talented Youth, Miller has endowed a professorship in East Asian studies and numerous scholarships to benefit CTY students and alumni and Arts and Sciences undergraduates.

Ralph S. O'Connor ’51: A Houston businessman, civic leader, and philanthropist, O'Connor is the founder, president, and CEO of Ralph S. O'Connor & Associates, a private investment firm focused on oil and gas exploration and real estate. His devotion to the university is manifested in the Ralph S. O'Connor Recreation Center, endowed undergraduate scholarships, and an endowed professorship in the Department of Biology. He is a university trustee emeritus, a presidential counselor, and a member of the school's Advisory Board.

Morris W. Offit '57: Chairman of Offit Capital Advisors and its investment committee, Offit's impact on the School of Arts and Sciences is enormous. He was a leader in establishing the permanent home for the school's Washington-based programs, housed in the Bernstein-Offit building, and he co-chaired the campaign to renovate Gilman Hall. He has been a longtime advocate for the school on the university board of trustees through three major fundraising campaigns, and served as chairman of the board from 1990 to 1996.







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