Johns Hopkins Violates a Donor’s Intent

by George Leef

In this week’s Pope Center Clarion Call, Martin Morse Wooster writes about a current case involving Johns Hopkins and the Belward Farm property sold to it by Elizabeth Banks in 1989, with restrictions upon development. While the case is still at the pre-trial stage, the evidence strongly suggests that the university’s plan for very intensive development (“Science City”) is not consistent with the wishes of Ms. Banks. University officials knew that she would not have sold had she known that they’re planning to do with the property, but went ahead anyway.