Catonsville in Baltimore County, Maryland — The American Northeast (Mid-Atlantic)
Janet and Walter Sondheim Hall
It would be hard to find a citizen anywhere in the country with as long as an involvement in public service as Walter Sondheim, Jr. As president of the Baltimore City school board at the time of the momentous 1954 Supreme Court decision in Brown v. Board of Education, he led the desegregation of Baltimore City schools. His service to public education also included being named president of the Maryland State Board of Education in 1998 at the age of 90.
As chairman of Charles Center-Inner Harbor Management, he helped make the city a model for downtown renewal and development and the Baltimore waterfront a mecca for tourists and city-dwellers alike. He has been involved in every major civic issue in Baltimore, from education and housing to transportation and economic development, and he still serves as senior advisor to the Greater Baltimore
Janet and Walter Sondheim were married for 58 years. She studied dance with Martha Graham and was a member of the legendary Denishawn Dancers and worked extensively with children. During World War II she taught in a nursery school for children of defense workers and later at the Children's Guild, a program for emotionally disturbed children.
The Janet and Walter Sondheim Public Affairs Scholars Program at UMBC, created to prepare future generations of leaders committed to public service, is a lasting tribute to the Sondheims and the ideals and values they demonstrated throughout their lives.
Sondheim Hall was dedicated in May 2005
Erected by University of Maryland-Baltimore County.
Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Civil Rights • Education • Industry & Commerce • Waterways & Vessels. A significant historical month for this entry is May 2005.
Location. 39° 15.195′ N, 76° 42.787′ W. Marker is in Catonsville, Maryland, in Baltimore County. Marker is on Hilltop Circle, on the right when traveling north. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 337 Hilltop Circle, Baltimore MD 21250, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 2 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. George and Betsy Sherman Hall (here, next to this marker); Robert and Jane Meyerhoff Chemistry Building (about 400 feet away, measured in a direct line); Joseph Beuys Tree Partnership (approx. 0.2 miles away); Site of Manual Labor School for Indigent Boys (approx. 0.3 miles away); Hilton (approx. 1.1 miles away); A Civil Rights Milestone (approx. 1.4 miles away); 6-Mile Marker on the National Road (approx. 1.6 miles away); World War II Marine Divisions Memorial (approx. 1.6 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Catonsville.
Credits. This page was last revised on February 8, 2020. It was originally submitted on February 8, 2020, by Devry Becker Jones of Washington, District of Columbia. This page has been viewed 65 times since then and 3 times this year. Photos: 1, 2. submitted on February 8, 2020, by Devry Becker Jones of Washington, District of Columbia.