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Robert Dixon Hopkins Harvey

Robert Dixon Hopkins Harvey


Harvey, a banking executive, was born in Baltimore. He graduated from Princeton University in 1942, after which he was commissioned in the United States Army. As a part of his curriculum at Officer Candidate School, Harvey studied the Mandarin language at Yale University to prepare for duty in China. He served in guerrilla intelligence with General Chiang Kai-shek’s forces in China from 1943 until 1946. His duties included teaching American military methods to the Chinese army. At the close of the war, Harvey was serving in the Allied headquarters in Canton and witnessed the surrender of the Japanese forces under Lieutenant General Hisaichia Tanaka to General Harwood Bowman. Harvey received the Bronze Star in 1944 and was promoted to the rank of Captain in 1945.

After being discharged from the Army, Harvey returned to Baltimore and began his banking career in 1947 with the Maryland Trust Co., rising through a number of positions at the bank. In 1951, he left the bank to serve as assistant to the deputy director of the Central Intelligence Agency, a position he held until 1954, when he resigned and returned to the bank as vice president. Harvey continued to work and further his education, receiving a B.S. in business from The Johns Hopkins University in 1953, and graduating from the Stonier Graduate School of Banking at Rutgers University in 1957. He became president of Maryland Trust Co. in 1959 and, when Maryland Trust Co. merged with the Fidelity-Baltimore National Bank to become Maryland National Bank, was appointed CEO and later chairman.

Harvey joined the board of trustees of The Johns Hopkins University in 1958, and served as its chair from 1968 to 1989. When ownership of Baltimore City Hospital was transferred to Johns Hopkins Health System in 1984, Harvey was named the first chair of the board of Johns Hopkins Bayview Medical Center. He remained a trustee until his death, and was also named emeritus trustee of The Johns Hopkins Hospital, The Johns Hopkins Health System Corporation, and Johns Hopkins Medicine.

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