Mildred Fay Jefferson

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Mildred Fay Jefferson


Mildred Fay Jefferson (1926-2010) was born on April 4, 1926 in Pittsburg, Texas. She earned her bachelor's degree from Texas College at age 16, and earned her master's degree from Tuft's University in 1947.

She entered Harvard Medical School as a member of the class of 1951 in 1947. She was the first woman to complete a surgical internship at Boston City Hospital. After graduating from Harvard Medical School, she became the first woman doctor at Boston University Medical Center, eventually becoming assistant clinical professor of surgery, and the first woman member of the Boston Surgical Society.

Dr. Jefferson spent much of her career as an advocate for pro-life causes. She was a founder of the Massachusetts Citizens for Life, a member of the National Right to Life Committee's board of directors, a well as the founding president of the Right to Life Crusade, Inc.

Dr. Jefferson's papers are available at the Schlesinger Library.


Portrait of Mildred Jefferson, ca. 1947. Courtesy of Mildred Jefferson Papers, Schlesinger Library.


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