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Loyal Son of the Mount Joseph F. Horning Passes Away

Donna Klinger

Hornings with Third Century Scholars

Joe and Lynne Horning with Third Century Scholars Amara Jermone, C'21, MBA' 23, and Jasmine Duke, C'13.

Joseph F. Horning, a 1953 graduate of Mount St. Mary’s University and a major benefactor of the university, passed away on January 8. He was 92.

horning-senior-picture-in-text.jpg“Joe leaves a powerful legacy at Mount St. Mary’s and among all he touched in his 92 years, including several dozen students who attended the university as Third Century Scholars,” said Mount President Timothy E. Trainor, Ph.D. “Joe and Lynne last came to the Mount in late November for a wonderful visit. He will be missed by many, and I pray his family and friends are comforted by the knowledge he is in our Lord’s embrace.”

In collaboration with other alumni, Horning and his wife Lynne in 2007 started the Third Century Scholars program that provides full scholarship support to students from Washington, DC who come from economically challenged backgrounds. Horning and his wife later assumed full support of the program, which continues today. Currently, four Third Century Scholars, all graduates of Archbishop Carroll High School in Washington, D.C., are pursuing their education at the Mount. Three more Third Century Scholars are anticipated to matriculate in the fall of 2024. The Horning’s generosity also helped fund a chief diversity officer and student success coach positions.

Horning served on the Mount St. Mary’s University Board of Trustees for 10 years, including two years as chair. The horning-and-wickenheiser-in-text.jpguniversity honored him with the Distinguished Alumnus Award, President’s Medal and a Doctorate of Humane Letters, honorus causa. He, his wife Lynne, now deceased brother Lawrence, C’56, and sister-in-law Carol supported the building of multiple facilities on campus, including residential apartments (Horning Tower), the Knott Athletic Recreation Convocation Complex (ARCC), an athletic field and Horning Theater. As a board member, he worked closely with President Robert J. Wickenheiser on the building of the ARCC. In a reflection about the opening of the ARCC, Horning wrote that it “announced to the world, as only buildings can do, that Mount St. Mary’s had arrived at a new level of excellence.”

Horning was chairman emeritus of Horning, the real estate development firm that he founded in 1959 with his brother Lawrence. During his 60-year career, Horning built housing and neighborhood-serving retail in nearly every ward of Washington, D.C. Following the 1968 riots, he was one of the early developers to help revive the H Street NE and 14th Street NW corridors. He also partnered with several nonprofit community development corporations chartered by the city.

A native Washingtonian, Horning’s commitment to Washington, D.C. and its residents extended to civic engagement and philanthropy. He and his wife, Lynne, were recognized as Washingtonians of the Year in 2002 and, in 2005, by the Washington Interfaith Conference for their dedication to community service.

Horning is survived by his wife Lynne, children Joseph Horning III, Missy Young, Andrew Horning and John Horning, their spouses, and nine grandchildren. The Horning family is having a small, private funeral Mass this week and is considering a future larger service in celebration of his life.

Donna Klinger