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Milton S. Erlanger

Hall of Fame


Inducted 1966


Johns Hopkins University

Born in Baltimore in 1888 and educated at the Marston University School, Milton entered Johns Hopkins University at the age of 15. He graduated in 1907 with a Bachelor of Arts degree.

While at Hopkins, Milton played lacrosse on the varsity team for three years, and after graduation commuted from New York to play on the graduate team, composed of recently-graduated Hopkins stars. The Hopkins teams of 1906 and 1907 had the best record in the United States and were champions of the Southern Division. In 1906 they beat Cornell, the Northern Division Champion. In 1915 Milton had the great honor of being chosen on the all-time Hopkins Lacrosse Team, picked by the famous coach, William C. Schmeisser.

In 1915 Milton was elected to the Board of Governors of the U.S. Intercollegiate Lacrosse League and in 1916 and 1917 was its president. For many years after graduating from Hopkins, Milton officiated lacrosse games for the Intercollegiate Lacrosse League. Milton established at Hopkins, through the Johns Hopkins Club of New York, a permanent memorial for his brother, Sidney, who played on the Hopkins varsity of 1904. Each year the income from the above memorial fund is used to give an award to an outstanding Hopkins lacrosse player.

During his senior year at the University, Milton became interested in social work and was in charge of a boys' club in the famous settlement house, the Maccabean House, in east Baltimore. Following graduation, and after a short apprenticeship at the Baltimore factory, he moved to New York and entered the family garment business. He became vice president and after the retirement of his brother, Sidney, was made president of the company. During his tenure a large textile business was developed. He retired from business as chairman of the board of the Erlanger Mills Corporation in 1956.

Milton was quite active in civic affairs in his hometown in Oakhurst, New Jersey and Monmouth County, being extremely interested in the Humane Society and all things connected with the growth of Monmouth College.

Milton Erlanger passed away in 1969.