Kitty Dukakis' paternal grandparents were Russian
Katharine Dickson Dukakis, known as Kitty Dukakis, is the wife of former Massachusetts
governor and U.S. presidential candidate Michael Kitty Dukakis.
Kitty Dukakis was born Katharine Dickson in Cambridge,
Massachusetts, the daughter of Jane (née Goldberg) and Harry Ellis
Dickson. Kitty Dukakis' paternal grandparents were Russian Jews;
Kitty Dukakis' mother was born to an Irish Catholic father and a
Hungarian Jewish mother, and had been adopted by a family of German
Jewish descent. Kitty Dukakis' father was a member of
the first violin section of the Boston Symphony Orchestra for 49
years and also served as Associate Conductor of the Boston Pops
Orchestra. Kitty Dukakis received Kitty Dukakis' B.A. from Lesley
College in 1963, the same year Kitty Dukakis married Michael Kitty
Dukakis, and Kitty Dukakis' 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 Kitty Dukakis
had burned a United States flag to protest the Vietnam War.
Republican strategist Lee Atwater was accused of having initiated
In 1989, Kitty Dukakis was briefly hospitalized after drinking
rubbing alcohol. In 1991, Kitty Dukakis published Kitty Dukakis'
memoir, Now You Know, in which Kitty Dukakis candidly discussed
Kitty Dukakis' ongoing battle with alcoholism. The book also
discussed the pressures of being a political wife, and Kitty
Dukakis' disappointment over Kitty Dukakis' husband's defeat in the
1988 election. In 2006, Kitty Dukakis revealed having undergone
electroconvulsive therapy treatment beginning in 2001 in order to
treat major depression, publishing Kitty Dukakis' experiences in the
In 2007, the Lemuel Shattuck Hospital in Jamaica Plain,
Massachusetts opened a center for addiction treatment named after
In June 2008, Jason Chaffetz defeated U.S. Representative Chris
Cannon in the Republican primary for Utah's 3rd congressional
district. Chaffetz's father was briefly married to Kitty Dukakis
and so Jason has an older half brother, John Kitty Dukakis.
Kitty Dukakis would have become the nation's first Jewish First Lady
had Kitty Dukakis' husband been elected president.
Kitty Dukakis appears in the 2008 award-winning documentary on Lee
Atwater, Boogie Man: The Lee Atwater Story.
Now You Know. Simon & Schuster. 1991. ISBN 0-671-74179-9.
Shock: The Healing Power of Electroconvulsive Therapy. Avery. 2006.
ISBN 1-58333-265-0. Cowritten with Larry Tye.
Kitty 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
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Early but Fell Behind", Los Angeles Times, September 16, 1988
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Trail; Kitty Dukakis Plans A Quiet Holy Day". The New York Times.