Dr. Kathy Glatter and family: (from left) Her husband, Danny Maurantonio, sons Max and Jack, and Kathy Glatter
For Dr. Kathy Glatter ’88, the decision to attend Northwestern University was all about family.
Glatter’s mom, Mickey Murphy Glatter ’54 (pictured below), was the first person in her family to go to college and was able to choose Northwestern thanks to a generous tuition scholarship. Mickey remained a lifelong supporter of the University, serving as assistant head of the NU Club of Kansas City and conducting interviews of prospective students for many years. Glatter’s older sister, Susan Glatter Kamman ’85, also attended Northwestern.
When Glatter was 10 years old, her parents brought her to Evanston from their home in Rockford, Illinois to see a Northwestern football game. While her father and sister supported the opposing team—the University of Illinois—she and her mother cheered for the Wildcats. “After the excitement of that experience,” says Glatter, “I decided to go to Northwestern.”
Glatter thrived at the school. While a student, she joined the Delta Zeta sorority and did volunteer work in Chicago; Glatter credits these activities with helping her build confidence, develop leadership skills, and become a kinder person. During her junior year, she was elected to Phi Beta Kappa—a prestigious national honor society—and named one of Time magazine’s 100 most outstanding college juniors in the country. Glatter graduated with a bachelor of arts in neurobiology.
But Glatter’s time at Northwestern was not without difficulty. During her freshman year, Mickey was diagnosed with lung cancer—she died three months later. Glatter says her sorority sisters, classmates, and professors helped her get through this challenging period in her life, which ultimately set her on a path to become a physician.
Now a board-certified electrophysiologist—an interventional cardiologist who specializes in electrical heart problems—in northern California, Glatter praises Northwestern for “opening so many doors that would have been otherwise closed to me in the medical community.” For example, she credits her alma mater with helping her win a scholarship from the German Academic Exchange Service, enabling her to study health-care policy at Bonn University after graduation.
Glatter went on to complete her medical training at Harvard, Stanford, and the University of California, San Francisco. She served on the medical faculty at the University of California, Davis, earning tenure, and publishing more than 100 medical articles and abstracts during her time there. Now in private practice, Glatter is one of a small number of female electrophysiologists in the country.
Like her mother, Glatter has become a dedicated Northwestern supporter. “I give to the Annual Fund and to the library, because, frankly, I spent so much time studying there,” she says. Over the past fifteen years, Glatter also has conducted dozens of undergraduate admissions interviews.
The proud alumna hopes to hand down her love of Northwestern to her two “little Wildcats,” Jack (14) and Max (11). This summer, she brought them to Evanston for a campus tour and to show them where she spent time as a student. Glatter relished this opportunity to share her Northwestern experiences with her children, as her own mother did nearly 40 years ago.