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Alonzo and Virginia Decker Professorship in Strategy and Entrepreneurship

ALONZO G. DECKER JR. was a university trustee for more than 30 years and served as national chairman for the Hopkins Hundreds Campaign in the 1970s, during which he gave generously, including the endowment for professorships in science and engineering. As chief executive officer of Black & Decker, Alonzo Decker Jr. helped lead the manufacturing company to international prominence, devising some of its most successful products including the electric hammer. He also was instrumental in the development of the cordless drill and the portable electric drill for home use. With his wife, VIRGINIA DECKER, Mr. Decker actively supported educational institutions throughout Maryland. He died in 2002.