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UMB Says Goodbye to Foundation of the Foundation

Dozens of people from throughout the University of Maryland, Baltimore community gathered at the Southern Management Corporation Campus Center on June 19 to say farewell and thanks to longtime administrator Judith Blackburn, PhD, MA, who is retiring after more than three decades at the University.

Assistant vice president in the Office of Development, and treasurer and chief financial officer of the University of Maryland Baltimore Foundation, Inc. (UMBF), Blackburn is credited with playing a major role in growing the University's financial structure.

Along with her achievements, Blackburn is remembered for her friendly and supportive personality.

"Judy, you can see by the turnout that youýve made a lot of friends," said Michael "Mickey" Dowdy, MBA, the University's chief development officer and vice president of development, and the president and chief executive officer of UMBF.

Roger Pederson, director of information systems who has worked with Blackburn for 20 years, said "the one thing she always talked about was building the endowment--that that was going to help students, help the community, and that she was going to be there until that was done." Pederson said he thinks Blackburn has "gotten to the point where she feels she can pass that on" to others."

"We're so appreciative of everything you've done over the years," said Barbara Klein, MPA, chief government and community affairs officer. Klein, who mentioned Blackburn's role in the University's $650 million "Making an Impact Worldwide" capital campaign that closed in December, said Blackburn is leaving a "well-oiled machine" behind to carry on the development work.

Harold Chappelear, DSC, RPh, LLD (Hon.), a board member of UMBF and principal of InternaSource, LLC, got a hug from Blackburn, shown in the photograph above, and joked that she was too young to retire. "Where are you going, Judy?" Chappelear said.

Dowdy, who said people familiar with Blackburn describe her with words such as "warm," "positive," "uplifting," and "bubbly," says the University "will miss her cheerful demeanor."

An avid gardener, Blackburn was told at the event that she would receive a garden statue of two children reading as a goodbye gift.

Blackburn, who thanked the attendees "for your kind words" and her staff by name for their hard work through the years, said that along with seeing the University grow tremendously during her career, she has watched it transform from a quiet place with "very few people on the street" into a lively and active campus.

"Thirty-four years has gone very rapidly," she said. "It's sad to leave the people. It's sad to leave the place.

"But," she added, "I am totally looking forward to retirement."

View a photo gallery of this event.

Posting Date: 06/20/2013
Contact Name: Ronald Hube
Contact Phone: 410-706-2582
Contact Email: rhube002@umaryland.edu