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

On September 23, 2018, KDMS members came together for their annual appreciation brunch at the Samberg Conference Center on campus. This event brought together KDMS members spanning a wide range of class years.

The brunch began with a surprise a cappella performance by the Chorallaries of MIT and continued with a presentation by Rainer Weiss ’55, PhD ’62 on his Nobel Prize-winning gravitational waves research. Professor Weiss introduced his work with an overview of Einstein's general theory of relativity, and continued with his collaboration with Caltech’s Kip Thorne to build the Laser Interferometer Gravitational-Wave Observatory (LIGO) research project. He also shared the story behind and groundbreaking findings from the first detection of a gravitational wave—the famous "chirp"—on September 14, 2015, along with further findings from gravitational waves caused by neutron star collisions, and a look at the future of gravitational wave research.

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