The history of KDMS

In the long history of giving to MIT, planned gifts and bequests have been the largest source of income for MIT’s endowment. In 1994, MIT established the Katharine Dexter McCormick (1904) Society (KDMS) to honor those donors who continue this practice. 

The society is named for Katharine Dexter McCormick, who was one of the most generous individual benefactors in MIT’s history. Her largest gift came as a bequest. 

“Since my graduation in 1904,” she wrote in her will, “I have wished to express my gratitude to the Institute for its advanced policy of scientific education for women. This policy gave me the opportunity to obtain the scientific training which has been of inestimable value to me through my life.”

MIT invites alumni and friends who share Katharine Dexter McCormick’s commitment to the Institute to consider joining KDMS by creating a planned gift. 

Society Gatherings

MIT’s annual KDMS appreciation brunch will be held on September 23, 2018, at the Samberg Conference Center on campus. This multigenerational event brings together KDMS members spanning a wide range of class years. The brunch will feature a presentation titled "Exploring the Universe with Gravitational Waves" given by Rainer Weiss '55, PhD '62, professor emeritus of physics at MIT and 2017 Nobel Laureate in physics.

The next KDMS appreciation brunch will be held in September 2019.

Become a KDMS Member

Have you already included MIT in your estate plan? Let us know! We would love to welcome you to the Katharine Dexter McCormick Society.

Contact the Office of Gift Planning