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Anne Armstrong and C. Michael Armstrong

Portrait of C. Michael and Anne Armstrong
Anne Armstrong and C. Michael Armstrong
Date: 2009
Medium: Photograph
Dimensions: 55 x 33.5 in.
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C. Michael Armstrong


Armstrong, a retired business executive, former board chairman for Johns Hopkins Medicine and benefactor to Johns Hopkins Medicine, was born in Detroit. He earned his bachelor’s degree in business and economics from Miami University of Ohio in 1961 and completed the advanced management curriculum at The Dartmouth Institute in 1976.

Armstrong joined IBM Corp. in 1961 and during his thirty-one years there rose from a systems engineer to senior vice president and led international operations as chairman of the board of IBM World Trade Corp. Then, in 1992, he became chairman and CEO of Hughes Electronics Corp. (a public company majority owned by General Motors Corp.), where he expedited development of DirecTV and implementation of the nation’s first digital broadband television system. He left Hughes in 1997 to take the position of Chairman and CEO of AT&T and later served as chairman of the Board of Comcast Corp., retiring in 2004.

Armstrong has had a relationship with Johns Hopkins for many years, starting when IBM assigned each of its senior executives a hospital to “adopt,” and his assignment was The Johns Hopkins Hospital. A strong supporter of higher education and community activities, Armstrong served as chairman of the board of trustees for Johns Hopkins Medicine, Johns Hopkins Health System Corporation, and The Johns Hopkins Hospital from July 2005 to June 2011, and again from July 2012 to June 2013. He was also vice chairman of The Johns Hopkins University Board of Trustees and was involved in the School of Medicine’s implementation of the Genes to Society curriculum.

A generous benefactor to Johns Hopkins, in 2002, he endowed the C. Michael Armstrong Professorship in Medicine to support the institution’s leadership role in stem cell research, followed in 2004 by a $4 million bequest to support research in that field.

In 2005, Armstrong pledged $20 million to the School of Medicine toward a new medical education building. The four-story Anne and Mike Armstrong Medical Education Building, dedicated in 2009, houses state-of-the-art medical educational facilities, including an anatomy lab. Long-time champions of patient safety and quality care, the Armstrongs in 2011 gave $10 million toward the creation of the Armstrong Institute for Patient Safety and Quality, which coordinates safety and quality improvement efforts across Johns Hopkins’ corporate health system and develops and tests solutions in safety and quality improvement that can then be shared with the health care community.

Armstrong has served as chair of the President’s Export Council under President Bill Clinton, the U.S.-Japan Business Council, and the Federal Communications Commission’s Network Reliability and Interoperability Council. Additionally, he served as chair of the Homeland Security Task Force, the National Security Telecommunications Advisory Committee, and the Defense Policy Advisory Committee.