Cohen, Kathryn Hamill

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Cohen, Kathryn Hamill

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One of the first female students at St George's since the First World War, in 1945.

Born in the United States. Ziegfield dancer. Worked as a secretary to Aneurin Bevan, who established the NHS. Studied at Newnham College, Cambridge (1941) and St George's Medical School.

Geneticist. Worked as psychoanalyst at St George's Hospital. Met author Patricia Highsmith in 1948 at New York; the two had a brief affair. Kathryn was married to a publisher Dennis Cohen, who would go on to publish some of Highsmith's books; she was also a co-director of the press. She and her husband designed their avant-garde home at 64 Old Church Street, opposite the Chelsea Arts Club ('Cohen House'). She committed suicide in 1960 by taking an overdose of barbiturates.


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Gordon, Hugh Walker (1897-1987)

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SGUL Student register; SGUL Archives and Special Collections

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