Kitty Dukakis


Kitty Dukakis is an author, philanthropist, mental health activist, and former First Lady of Massachusetts. Following her appointment by President Jimmy Carter to the President's Commission on the Holocaust, she became a founding member of the Holocaust Memorial Council, served on the board of the Refugee Policy Center and organized a Task Force on Cambodian Children, which helped hundreds of orphaned Cambodian children gain admittence to the United States and other countries. In 2017, she was honored with Yale Department of Psychiatry's Research Advocacy Award for her extensive work on issues related to mental health, women's rights, human rights, and the arts.  Fun fact: Dukakis's father was a violinist in the Boston Symphony Orchestra and Associate Conductor of the Boston Pops Orchestra.


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