San Martin Drive ceremonially renamed in honor of Willard Hackerman

Several people stand on a brick sidewalk as multicolored confetti falls all around them

Image caption: Johns Hopkins University President Ronald J. Daniels presides over the ceremonial unveiling of Hackerman Way on Sunday morning.

Credit: Will Kirk / Johns Hopkins University

San Martin Drive, the scenic road that winds along the west edge of Johns Hopkins University's Homewood campus, was ceremonially renamed Sunday morning in honor of longtime university supporter Willard Hackerman.

JHU President Ronald J. Daniels unveiled the new Hackerman Way sign at an event on the steps of the Newton White Athletic Center. The ceremony took place before the start of the annual Blue Jay 5K, which supports lymphoma research in memory of former JHU cross country runner Rebecca Grande, who died in 2012.

Several runners cross a pedestrian bridge in a wooded area near JHU's campus

Image caption: Runners participate in the annual Blue Jay 5K on Sunday morning

Image credit: Will Kirk / Johns Hopkins University

Hackerman, longtime president and CEO of the Whiting-Turner Contracting Co., a 1938 civil engineering graduate of Johns Hopkins, and a former university trustee, died in 2014. He was 95.

Hackerman led the effort to reestablish the university's stand-alone engineering school in 1979 and was instrumental in securing the school-naming gift from his mentor, G.W.C. Whiting.

The event marked the formal conclusion of the year-long, $15 million San Martin Drive improvement project. Whiting-Turner was the contractor on the project.