Annual commemoration of university founder suspended for pandemic

Due to pandemic safety concerns, the traditional Dec. 24 gathering at the grave of university and hospital founder Johns Hopkins is suspended this year.

Mr. Hopkins, who died Dec. 24, 1873, left $7 million in his will to establish a university and hospital in Baltimore that revolutionized higher education and health care and evolved into the worldwide institutions we know today.

This Dec. 24 would have marked the 22nd consecutive Christmas Eve on which employees, alumni, and friends of the institutions gathered at his burial spot in Green Mount Cemetery. The graveside commemoration, organized by university Vice President and Secretary Emeritus Ross Jones, is expected to resume in 2021.