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Kitty Dukakis
Kitty Dukakis' paternal grandparents were Russian Jews

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.[1][2][3][4] 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.[5] Kitty Dukakis received Kitty Dukakis' B.A. from Lesley College in 1963, the same year Kitty Dukakis married Michael Kitty Dukakis,[6] 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 these rumors.[7]
In 1989, Kitty Dukakis was briefly hospitalized after drinking rubbing alcohol.[8] 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 book Shock.
In 2007, the Lemuel Shattuck Hospital in Jamaica Plain, Massachusetts opened a center for addiction treatment named after Kitty Dukakis.[9]
In June 2008, Jason Chaffetz defeated U.S. Representative Chris Cannon in the Republican primary for Utah's 3rd congressional district.[10] Chaffetz's father was briefly married to Kitty Dukakis and so Jason has an older half brother, John Kitty Dukakis.[11]
Kitty Dukakis would have become the nation's first Jewish First Lady had Kitty Dukakis' husband been elected president.[12]
Kitty Dukakis appears in the 2008 award-winning documentary on Lee Atwater, Boogie Man: The Lee Atwater Story.
Published works

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.

Public service

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 Cambodian Children.

References Dukakis-alcohol-identity/2 Dukakis-help-new-citizens-celebrate-in-Woburn#axzz1NFUQPbpk
     Drogin, Bob (May 25, 1987). "Kitty Dukakis Draws Heavy Crowds, Money, Press". Los Angeles Times. Dukakis-diet-pills-Kitty Dukakis-campaign-theme/6
     NY Times Harry Ellis Dickson obituary, April 2, 2003
     "Kitty Dukakis stylish half of political team". Milwaukee Sentinel. AP. 1988-05-27. Retrieved 29 August 2012.
     Editors (August 26, 1988) "Story on Mrs. Kitty Dukakis Is Denied by Campaign." New York Times.
     Associated Press (November 11, 1989). "Kitty Dukakis Recovering". The New York Times. Retrieved 2007-10-11.
     "Kitty Dukakis Treatment Center to Open". Boston University School of Public Health. September 21, 2007. Retrieved 2007-10-11.
     "Utah GOP Rep. Cannon Defeated in Primary". CQ Politics. June 25, 2008. Retrieved 2008-06-05.
     Jerry Crowe, "College Football At BYU, Democrat Led Early but Fell Behind", Los Angeles Times, September 16, 1988
     Weinraub, Bernard (September 21, 1988). "Campaign Trail; Kitty Dukakis Plans A Quiet Holy Day". The New York Times. Retrieved 2008-07-12.


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