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Hackerman, construction magnate, dies

Willard Hackerman, president and CEO of the Towson-based Whiting-Turner Contracting Co., has died at the age of 95.

Under his leadership, Whiting-Turner built many well-known structures, both locally and nationally, including Harborplace, M&T Bank Stadium, the Joseph Meyerhoff Symphony Hall and the National Aquarium.

A philanthropist, Hackerman donated money to local hospitals to build temporary housing for visiting families whose loved ones are patients.

He once bought a mansion on Mount Vernon Place and donated it to the city; it now houses the Walters Art Museum’s Asian art collection.

In a tribute to Hackerman on the company’s website, Executive Vice President Timothy Regan —named as Hackerman’s successor as CEO — wrote: “… [The] irony is that most of his good works are not even known.”