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Hopkins Honors Falk

Adam Falk receiving gift

Alumni including (from left) Ronald M. Nordmann, James L. Winter, Charles I. Clarvit, and Carl Goldberg surprised Falk with a $1.2 million tribute gift to the Gilman Hall renovation.

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In late March, the Johns Hopkins community paid tribute to then-James B. Knapp Dean Adam Falk before he headed north for Williams College, where he began as president on April 1.

Several hundred faculty, staff, and alumni gathered for a reception at Homewood, among them members of the board of trustees and the school's advisory board. The event saw the announcement of a gift of $1.2 million for the restoration of the Gilman Hall clock tower in honor of Falk, who had been dean since 2005.

The gift is from 44 friends and admirers of Falk, including trustees, current and former advisory board members, and several staff members and administrators. Trustees Charles I. Clarvit '78, James L. Winter '70, and Jeffrey H. Aronson '80 led the effort.

"Gilman Hall is a testament that what you did here really mattered," Clarvit said.

Falk, clearly moved by the tribute and the presence of so many friends and colleagues, said he would always regard Johns Hopkins as home.

"To be a dean here at Hopkins is to have an extraordinary privilege," he said.