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Mary B. Hyman

Mary B. Hyman
Mary B. Hyman, President of the Sigmund M. Hyman Foundation , has announced a $2.5M planned gift to Goucher College, the largest gift the foundation has ever given to a Maryland school. This generous gift will support merit scholarships, capital projects, and student-faculty research.

Mary is a Goucher trustee emerita and alumna (1971). She received a bachelor's degree in sociology from the college. The foundation's gift will honor the close relationship she and her late husband, Sigmund Hyman, had with Goucher.

"I never would have had this career without Goucher. It was fabulous," says Mary.

One third of the foundation's grant will support the Sigmund M. and Mary B. Hyman '71 Merit Scholarship in Science. Since 1997, 16 Goucher students have received the scholarship, some for multiple years.

The sciences are something Mary feels passionately about, and with this gift she hopes to enhance science literacy and research.

"You can't learn environmental science from a book, you've got to go out in the field," she says.

The remaining two-thirds of Mary's bequest will also go toward student-faculty collaborative research and capital support for improved facilities for the science, technology, engineering and mathematics fields (STEM).

The foundation has already been extremely generous to Goucher. In 2005, the foundation gave Goucher $1 million to the Transcending Boundaries Campaign for the annual fund and the Sanford J. Ungar Athenaeum

An area within the athenaeum, modeled after the amphitheaters of Europe, was named the Sigmund and Mary Hyman '71 Forum. The forum is a wide-open space configured to host various readings, performances, panel discussions, and other public events. It can accommodate crowds to observe and participate in the programs and events.

Mary has also been very involved in the Baltimore community. She has served on more than a dozen boards.


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