In Memoriam — Catherine Coburn


Catherine Crone Coburn, a long-time member of the May Institute Board of Trustees, died on February 18 while visiting relatives in Colorado.

“Catherine was a true friend and steadfast supporter of May Institute, and she passionately believed in our mission of serving children and adults with autism and other special needs,” said Lauren C. Solotar, Ph.D., ABPP, the Institute’s President and CEO. “Our organization benefited from her considerable talent and wisdom for the more than 10 years she served on our Board of Trustees.”

An ardent proponent for improved health services for poor and vulnerable people throughout the world, Mrs. Coburn worked for the nonprofit Management Sciences for Health for more than 20 years, and several other service organizations before that. In addition, she taught at  schools of public health at Boston University, Columbia University, and Harvard University.

“Catherine was a very dynamic, energetic, and caring woman who was determined to make a difference in the world,” said Don Ricciato, Ph.D., Chairman of May Institute’s Board of Trustees. “It was a privilege to serve with her on the Board and to benefit from her knowledge and experience.”

“Just a few weeks before she fell ill, Catherine called me to offer her support and expertise to our new leadership team,” added Dr. Solotar. “She was energized and excited about this new chapter for May Institute, and we were very much looking forward to collaborating even more closely with her on new fundraising initiatives.  She will be deeply missed.”

Mrs. Coburn leaves her husband Jeff, daughter Julia, and son Alex.