Gridley McKim-Smith Women’s Health Fellowship Award

In memory of Gridley, her long time physician and well-known leader in women’s health, Dr. Lila Nachtigall, has established the “Gridley McKim-Smith Women’s Health Fellowship Award.” 100% of all donations will go directly to the fellowship award, no amount will be used for administrative expenses.

The Foundation for Women’s Wellness (FWW) is a small, nonprofit public charity dedicated to advancing women’s health by raising support for innovative research and education. FWW fellowship awards recognize and support outstanding MD/PhD students, fellows and interns working on research in areas affecting the largest numbers of women — cardiovascular disease, female cancers, and the role of hormones in disease and stage-of-life health issues such as pregnancy and menopause.

How to Contribute

Credit card donations can be made at: (Note tribute gift in memory of Gridley where prompted.)

Check donations should include donor’s name, address and gift designation “in memory of Gridley” and sent to:

Foundation for Women’s Wellness
1000 S. Race Street
Denver, CO 80209

FWW will send all donors acknowledgement of their fully tax-deductible gift to establish this fellowship award.

For more information or to contact FWW: Email us or call 303-548-0595


Gridley McKim-Smith was instrumental in defining many of the major directions in the study of art history today. Through her position as Andrew W. Mellon Foundation Professor in the Humanities at Bryn Mawr College, she significantly expanded the areas of research in her field, 17th Century Spanish art, leading the way for colleagues and students in other fields and disciplines. In 1988, her ground-breaking study of Velazquez—published in Examining Velazquez–which championed the close cooperation between art historians and research scientists—was responsible for the start of the Prado’s Technical Division (Gabinete Tecnico del Museo). She was equally innovative in expanding the field of Spanish culture to include Colonial Latin America as well as costume and gender studies.

Gridley McKim-Smith was born in Clinton, Iowa on March 14, 1943. She was educated at Tulane (B.A. 1965) and Harvard (Ph.D. 1974). In 1969 she married Benjamin Franklin Smith III (Frank), an architect, who died in 1990. She was diagnosed with multiple sclerosis in her twenties which confined her to a wheelchair for the last 30 years of her life, until her death in October, 2013. Undeterred, she was a committed educator, participated in professional gatherings throughout the Spanish-speaking world, and served as a source of inspiration through her intellectual rigor and creativity as well as her personal style and grace.