Fae Golden Kass Lectureship

The Fae Golden Kass Lectureship was created by gifts of the family and friends of Fae Golden Kass to support an annual lecture by a woman in the medical sciences.

Background
The Fae Golden Kass lecture was created in the mid-1970's by Dr. Edward H. Kass, the William Ellery Channing Professor of Medicine, Emeritus at Harvard Medical School, to honor his first wife, Fae, who died in 1973. With the support of friends and family, the lectureship was conceived as a way to honor an outstanding woman in the medical sciences. It is now sponsored jointly by Harvard Medical School and the Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study at Harvard University. Fae Golden Kass, born in Cleveland in 1923, graduated from the University of Wisconsin and received a master’s degree in social work from Simmons College.  After her children entered school, Mrs. Kass resumed her education at Boston University and obtained a master’s degree in education.  She worked as a career counselor at Northeastern University until her death. Fae Kass’s mother was an attorney and, later, a businesswoman in Cleveland, and likely influenced her daughter’s belief in the potential and abilities of women.  Although Fae Kass herself was clear on her choice to first be a mother and homemaker, she had no doubt that women could also pursue other endeavors, and her own political philosophies and values reflected this belief. Fae Golden Kass was an individual who possessed a wide-angle view of the world, someone who was deeply interested in the education and promotion of women.  She believed strongly in social justice and in greater opportunities for women. We also honor the vision of her husband, Dr. Edward H. Kass, a pioneer in infectious diseases, who sought to honor his wife’s memory through these lectures.

1977

Dr. Dorothy M. Horstmann
Yale University Medical School

1979

Dr. Helen M. Ranney
University of California, San Diego

1980

Dr. Dorothy Hodgkin
Bristol University, England

1981

Dr. Dorothy Rice
National Center for Health Statistics

1983

Dr. Renee C. Fox
University of Pennsylvania

1984

Dr. Harriet Zuckerman
Columbia University

1985

Dr. Janet D. Rowley
University of Chicago

1986

Dr. Maxine Singer
National Cancer Institute, NIH

1987

Dr. Margaret Warner
Harvard University

1988

Dr. Barbara Starfield
Johns Hopkins University

1989

Dr. Maxine Hayes
Department of Social Service, Washington State University

1990

Dr. Wendy Savage
London Hospital Medical Colleges, England

1992

Dr. Vivian Pinn
Office of Research on Women’s Health, NIH

1993

Dr. June Osborn
University of Michigan

1994

Dr. Diana Chapman
Walsh President, Wellesley College

1995

Dr. Mary Ellen Avery
Thomas Rotch Professor of Pediatrics, Harvard Medical School

1996

Dr. Enriqueta Bond
President, Burroughs Wellcome Fund

1997

Dr. Florence Haseltine
Center for Population Research, NICHD, National Institutes of Health

1998

Dr. Tara O’Toole
U.S. Department of Energy

1999

Elizabeth Marincola, M.B.A.
President, American Society for Cell Biology

2000

Dr. Mary Claire King
University of Washington

2001

Dr. Deborah Prothrow-Stith
Harvard School of Public Health

2003

Dr. Susan Lindquist
Director, Whitehead Institute for Biomedical Research

2004

Dr. Gro Brundtland
Former Director-General, World Health Organization, and Former Prime Minister of Norway

2006

Dr. Julie Freischlag
Chair of the Department of Surgery and Surgeon-in-Chief, The Johns Hopkins Hospital

2008

Dr. Catherine D. DeAngelis
Editor in Chief, JAMA

2013

Dr. Marion Nestle
Paulette Goddard Professor in the Department of Nutrition, Food Studies, and Public Health and Professor of Sociology at New York University