As alumni, friends, university leadership, faculty, staff, and students poured into the tent on the Decker Quadrangle for the dedication of Malone Hall on Thursday evening, clouds gave way to intermittent sunshine. The brighter weather matched the mood of the more than 300 people gathered to celebrate the opening of the Whiting School of Engineering's newest addition: a stately, 69,000-square-foot, red-brick-and-marble edifice with a sleek, modern interior.
The building, designed to advance cutting-edge collaborative and translational research, has set a new standard for academic and research facilities at Johns Hopkins.
"Malone Hall will surely be the home of innovations that will revolutionize the fields of medicine and engineering," said Michael R. Bloomberg '64, former mayor of New York and founder of Bloomberg LP, who received his bachelor's degree in electrical engineering the same year that Malone graduated with a master's degree in industrial management.
The dedication ceremony included a welcome from Johns Hopkins University President Ronald J. Daniels, as well as remarks by Bloomberg; T. E. "Ed" Schlesinger, Benjamin T. Rome Dean of the Whiting School; Paul B. Rothman, CEO of Johns Hopkins Medicine; Russell H. Taylor '70, the John C. Malone Professor; and John C. Malone, MS '64, PhD '69, the alumnus whose $30 million gift made the new structure possible.
"What a wonderful moment for Johns Hopkins," Daniels said. "Thanks to their vision and generosity, John and Leslie Malone are helping us unlock enormous possibility, forge new collaborations to answer the pressing questions of our time, and drive our work for the future."
Added Malone, chair of Liberty Media Corp. and Liberty Global Inc.: "It's a wonderful privilege to be able to give back to the institutions that gave you your start."