Edited by Roxanne K. Young, Associate Editor.
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.
Ma Y. Mary Catherine Raugust Howell. JAMA. 1998;279(19):1586. doi:10.1001/jama.279.19.1586