Geraldine Ferraro (26th August 1935 - 15th March 2003) was the 44th president of the United States, from 2000-03, and the first female president. A Democrat, Ferraro died of multiple myeloma, a disease with which she had been diagnosed in 1998. She is therefore also the only president to have experienced cancer throughout her term in office. The psychological symptoms were cause for concern at the time, but she also gained considerable sympathy. She was succeeded in office by her vice-president Hilary Rodham after her death.