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Dartmouth Commencement 2005

Posted 06/12/05

Honorary degree citation to Mathilde Krim (Doctor of Science)
Mathilde Krim
Mathilde Krim

Born in Italy and educated in Switzerland, you are a distinguished scientist who has moved easily from the laboratory to clinical work to advocacy for the vulnerable. You have used your considerable talents to fight cancer, and you were an early and indefatigable worker on behalf of AIDS victims.

In 1983 you founded the AIDS Medical Foundation, the first private organization to support AIDS research. Two years later that organization merged with another to form the American Foundation for AIDS Research - amfAR - which quickly became, under your leadership, the preeminent national nonprofit organization devoted to AIDS research. It was amfAR that conducted the first community-based clinical research trials on AIDS and provided seed money to many different scientists in support of finding a cure.

You have been a tireless and successful fundraiser for AIDS research and treatment. You have also become a major philanthropist and lobbyist, using your influence and connections to help a variety of causes relating to health care and poverty. Your service has included membership on the board of the Rockefeller Foundation and that of the Institute of Society, Ethics, and the Life Sciences. And, in 2000, President Clinton recognized your work by bestowing upon you a Presidential Medal of Freedom.

Dartmouth rejoices in adding its name to those who have recognized your contributions, and it should be said that we do so, in part, as surrogates for those whose personal gratitude has not the means of expression. We are honored to salute you by conferring the degree Doctor of Science.

- James Wright

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