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Katharine Dickson Dukakis (born December 26, 1936), known as Kitty Dukakis, is the wife of former Massachusetts governor and U.S. presidential candidate Michael Dukakis.


Life and career

Dukakis was born in Cambridge, Massachusetts, the daughter of Jane and Harry Ellis Dickson, First Violin in the Boston Symphony Orchestra for 49 years and later Associated Conductor for the Boston Pops.[1] Dukakis received her B.A. from Lesley College in 1963 and her M.A. from Boston University School of Communication in 1982.

During the 1988 presidential election, a number of false rumors were reported in the media about the Dukakises, including the claim by Idaho Republican Senator Steve Symms that Katharine Dukakis had burned a Flag of the United States to protest the Vietnam War. Republican strategist Lee Atwater was accused of having initiated these rumors.[2]

In 1989, Dukakis was briefly hospitalized after drinking rubbing alcohol.[3] In 1991, Dukakis published her memoir, Now You Know, in which she candidly discussed her ongoing battle with alcoholism. The book also discussed the pressures of being a political wife, and her disappointment over her husband's defeat in the 1988 election. In 2006, she revealed having undergone electroconvulsive therapy treatment beginning in 2001 in order to treat major depression, publishing her experiences in the book Shock.

In 2007, the Lemuel Shattuck Hospital in Jamaica Plain, Massachusetts opened a center for addiction treatment named after Dukakis.[4]

In June 2008, Jason Chaffetz defeated U.S. Representative Chris Cannon in the Republican primary for Utah's 3rd congressional district.[5] Chaffetz's father was briefly married to Kitty Dukakis and so Jason has an older half brother, John Dukakis.[6]

Dukakis is Jewish, and had her husband been elected president, she would have become the nation's first Jewish First Lady.[7]

Published works

  • Now You Know. Simon & Schuster. 1991. ISBN 0671741799.  
  • Shock: The Healing Power of Electroconvulsive Therapy. Avery. 2006. ISBN 1583332650.  

Public service

Dukakis has served on the President's Commission on the Holocaust, on the United States Holocaust Memorial Council, on the board of the Refugee Policy Center, and on the Task Force on Cambodian Children.


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Honorary titles
Preceded by
Josephine King
First Lady of Massachusetts
Succeeded by
Susan Roosevelt Weld


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