On Oct. 18, Lillian Hackerman who, along with her late husband Willard Hackerman, CEO of The Whiting-Turner Contracting Co., Inc., was among Baltimore’s most generous philanthropists. Wife, mother, lifelong friend and centenarian, she died at home of natural causes. She was born Lillian Bernice Patz in Newport News, Va. She was the youngest of six children born to Yetta and Benjamin Patz. She attended Strayers Business School. She married Willard Hackerman after he got his first job with Whiting-Turner. They had a son Steven and daughter Nancy and were married for 72 years. She was active in her children’s PTAs, Israel Bonds, The Associated, True Sisters, and The Nathan and Mary Hackerman Lodge and Beth Jacob Synagogue. Both she and Willard were leaders in Baltimore and Maryland civic life and the Jewish community. She and Willard established seven Hackerman-Patz Houses as a “home away from home.” They funded scholarships across Maryland, and were enthusiastic supporters of Johns Hopkins University. They established the Hackerman Polytechnic Scholarships. They also funded the Willard and Lillian Hackerman Chair in Radiation Oncology of the Hackerman-Patz Patient and Family Pavilion and the Hackerman Research Laboratories at the Sidney Kimmel Comprehensive Cancer Center, and supported the Robert H. and Clarice Smith Building at the Wilmer Eye Institute. She is survived by her children Steven and Nancy; five grandchildren; and 27 great-grandchildren.
Contributions may be sent to The Hackerman Foundation, 300 East Joppa Road, Pl 6, Towson, MD 21286.