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Alonzo G. Decker Jr. Chair in Science and Engineering

DeckerAlonzoJrThe Alonzo G. Decker Jr. Chair in Science and Engineering was established by ALONZO G. DECKER JR., a university trustee for more than 30 years and national chair of the Hopkins Hundreds Campaign in the 1970s, during which time he gave generously to the university, including the establishment of this endowed professorship.

As chief executive officer of Black & Decker, Mr. Decker helped lead the manufacturing company to international prominence, devising some of its most successful products including the development of the cordless drill and the portable electric drill for home use.

With his wife, VIRGINIA DECKER, he actively supported educational institutions in Maryland. He was honored with the university’s Heritage Award in 1999. Mr. Decker passed away in 2002. In 2007, the Alonzo G. and Virginia G. Decker Quadrangle on the Homewood campus was dedicated in honor of their legacy. Virginia Decker died in 2008.