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May 20, 1998

Mary Catherine Raugust Howell

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Edited by Roxanne K. Young, Associate Editor.

JAMA. 1998;279(19):1586. doi:10.1001/jama.279.19.1586

On February 5, 1998, the world lost a most remarkable woman, Mary Catherine Raugust Howell, a physician, psychologist, lawyer, mentor, musician, friend, and mostly a mother. She was the first woman dean at Harvard Medical School (1972-1975) and led the fight to end quotas and to open medical schools to women.

The cause of her death was breast cancer. Dr Howell died at home, surrounded by her children, who gathered from different cities of the United States and sat vigil with her for 5 weeks. "We're only trying to take care of her the way she has shown us. She was always there for us when we needed her," said Sam Howell, speaking for his siblings.

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