From the 2006 News Archive
UMB to Honor Senator Joseph Tydings, Class of 1953, at Oct. 26 Founders Day Gala
When the University of Maryland, Baltimore dedicated its 2006 Founders Week celebration to the theme "Illustrious Alumni: Making an Impact," U.S. Senator Joseph Tydings ’53 was a natural selection to represent the School of Law. For half a century, Senator Tydings has brought distinction to himself and the law school, making an impact on local and national policy, the legal profession, and higher education in his native Maryland.
Senator Tydings will be honored along with "Illustrious Alumni" of the other UMB professional schools at the October 26 Founders Day Gala hosted by President David Ramsay. The Gala will be the finale of UMB’s annual Founders Week celebration. Other events scheduled for the week include a Staff Lunch and Student Lunch, served by the deans of the six graduate schools, as well as a Faculty Research Lecture. Click here
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After graduating from the School of Law, Senator Tydings was elected to the House of Delegates where he served until his 1961 appointment by President John F. Kennedy to the post of U.S. Attorney for Maryland. During his term he zealously prosecuted corruption, earning convictions for fraud against two Congressmen and the Speaker of the House of Delegates. Sen. Tydings’ reputation as a reformer helped him win election to the U.S. Senate in 1964, where he authored the bill that created the federal magistrate system and established himself as a national spokesman for progressive causes.
One of the Senate’s leading proponents of higher education, Sen. Tydings has continued that support since leaving public office. He served on the Board of Regents of the University of Maryland from 1974 to 1984, including as chairman for the last two years, and as Regent of the University System of Maryland from 2000 until 2005. "Senator Joseph Tydings has been an exemplar of public service," said Dean Karen Rothenberg. "While in elected office, and through his later accomplishments in private practice, he has served the citizens of Maryland with the highest personal integrity."
Among those in attendance at the Gala will be second year law student Tsega Girma, recipient of the scholarship established in Senator Tydings’ name in 2005 for students who plan to specialize in public interest law after law school. Like Tydings, Girma was an undergraduate government major at College Park, and she found that receiving the scholarship bearing his name was particularly meaningful.
"Senator Tydings spoke at my graduation, and he stressed that we needed to give something back to our university the same way that graduates of Harvard and Stanford give back to theirs," she said. "By endowing this scholarship, he showed that he is living up to the challenge that he made to all of us. Without his generosity, I would not be able to achieve my dream of going to law school."