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.

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.


Dr. Dorothy M. Horstmann
Yale University Medical School


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


Dr. Dorothy Hodgkin
Bristol University, England


Dr. Dorothy Rice
National Center for Health Statistics


Dr. Renee C. Fox
University of Pennsylvania


Dr. Harriet Zuckerman
Columbia University


Dr. Janet D. Rowley
University of Chicago


Dr. Maxine Singer
National Cancer Institute, NIH


Dr. Margaret Warner
Harvard University


Dr. Barbara Starfield
Johns Hopkins University


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


Dr. Wendy Savage
London Hospital Medical Colleges, England


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


Dr. June Osborn
University of Michigan


Dr. Diana Chapman
Walsh President, Wellesley College


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


Dr. Enriqueta Bond
President, Burroughs Wellcome Fund


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


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


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


Dr. Mary Claire King
University of Washington


Dr. Deborah Prothrow-Stith
Harvard School of Public Health


Dr. Susan Lindquist
Director, Whitehead Institute for Biomedical Research


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


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


Dr. Catherine D. DeAngelis
Editor in Chief, JAMA


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