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Bertram M. Beck

Mitchell I. Ginsberg (1915–1996) headed New York City's public welfare program in the 1960s. In 1953 he joined the faculty of the Columbia University School of Social Work, serving as dean of the school from 1971 to 1981.

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Dolores Gonzalez Molina de la Caro (1910–1979) was a pioneer in mental health training, public welfare, public health, school health, and university counseling in Puerto Rico. She was director of the Bureau of Medical Social Work and Mental Health Program.

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Purnima Mane and Shalini Bharat

Madhav Sadashiv Gore (1921–2010) was an acclaimed social scientist and social work educator who fostered a strong link between social work and the social sciences. He was also a distinguished academic administrator who headed some of India’s most prominent educational institutions, including the Tata Institute of Social Sciences (TISS), which he led for two decades as director (1962–1982).

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Nancy R. Hooyman

Naomi R. Gottlieb (1925–1995) was concerned with feminist and gender issues in the social work curriculum, evaluation of social work practice, and the PhD program in social welfare at the University of Washington School of Social Work.

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Maryann Syers

Lester Blackwell Granger (1896–1976), an outspoken advocate for interracial cooperation and equal opportunity for Black people, was best known for his leadership of the Urban League and for his efforts to desegregate the U.S. armed forces after World War II.

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Jim Gripton’s 60-year career as clinician, administrator, educator, researcher, and social justice advocate is characterized by innovative contributions to social work education and practice. He promoted social work as a research-based profession, introduced computers to his students and practitioners, advanced doctoral education in Canada, and helped develop Canadian social work organizations. He also fostered the development of social work practice in sexual problems, identified sexism in social work career practices, and advocated for equity for women.

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Yen Yi Huang and Andy Yung Hsing Kao

Lu Guang (1913–2001) spent his career in social work as a government officer and educator in Taiwan, where he devoted his efforts toward community development by organizing university students to initiate projects for underserved communities. He was known especially for his pioneering research in the field of social indicators and quality of life in the 1980s. Professor Lu helped to draft the Volunteer Service Act in 1989 and served as one of the founders of the United Way of Taiwan. He was also in charge of a research project on the code of ethics in 1991, which laid the foundation for the Social Work Code of Ethics in Taiwan.

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Philip Bernstein

Arnold Gurin (1917–1991) was a leader in advancing community organization, social work policies and practices, planning and research, education, and administration in voluntary, government, and Jewish services in the United States, Canada, Israel, and France.

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Philip Bernstein

Helen Gurin (1918–1991) was a leading teacher, supervisor, and guide for a generation of professionals in social work, psychiatry, psychiatric nursing, psychology, and child care. The Massachusetts chapter of NASW named her Social Worker of the Year in 1983.

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Paul H. Stuart

Stephen Humphreys Gurteen (1836–1898) founded the first Charity Organization Society in the United States. In 1875 he was ordained an Episcopal priest and appointed assistant minister of St. Paul's Church, Buffalo, New York. The Buffalo COS launched in December 1877.

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Sadye L. M. Logan

Howard Gustafson (1916–1966) was a respected authority in the field of community organization. He was also a strong and thoughtful advocate of social work cooperation on eradicating poverty in the United States. He served as the sixth President of the National Association of Social Workers (NASW).

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Helga Johannesdottir and Michael Seltzer

Gerd Anna Dorothea Hagen (1928–2007) was an eminent social worker, educator, innovator, administrator, and campaigner for children’s rights in Norway. She worked tirelessly her entire professional life pioneering, developing, and promoting educational programs for child protection and social work professionals. Her creativity, enthusiasm, and leadership greatly contributed to establishing Norway’s reputation as a champion of children’s rights and well-being.

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Yvonne Asamoah

Clara Hale (1905–1992) set up the first not-for-profit child care agency — Hale House — serving children born addicted to drugs or alcohol or with AIDS. In 1985, she was appointed to President Reagan's American Commission on Drug-Free Schools.

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Edith Olmsted

Helen Hall (1892–1982) was a Henry Street Settlement house leader, social reformer, and consumer advocate. She served with the American Red Cross in France during and after World War I and in the Far East during World War II.

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Sadye L. M. Logan

Fannie Lou Hamer was a civil rights activist working for the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee (SNCC). She dedicated her life to community organizing and the fight for human and civil rights. Hamer was also the co-founder of the Mississippi Freedom Democratic Party.

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John F. Longres

Gordon Hamilton (1892–1967) was a practitioner, an educator, a consultant, and writer whose works, including Theory and Practice of Social Casework, profoundly influenced the development of casework theory. She was editor in chief of Social Work from 1956 until 1962.

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Sadye L. M. Logan

David Hardcastle (1939–2019) was a highly respected scholar, author, educator, and administrator. His last book, Community Practice (3rd ed.), is still viewed as seminal in the field of community-organizing theory and practice. Hardcastle was also compassionate about social-justice issues. He was committed to creating equitable program and policy changes in society with a view toward a better future.

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Norma D. Thomas

Vaclav Havel (1936–2011), born into a wealthy family in Czechoslovakia, became a famous playwright and an activist under the Communist regime. He was the last president of Czechoslovakia and the first president of the Czech Republic.

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Sadye L. M. Logan

Eulene Vivian Hawkins (1906–2000) provided 60 years of leadership to social service programs. She worked in local, state, federal, private, and public welfare settings, and her life was representative of a lifetime of professional achievement.

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Wilma Peebles-Wilkins

Elizabeth Ross Haynes (1883–1953) worked to improve the quality of life in the Black community through volunteer work and employment in social services. Her philosophy is communicated in her publications Unsung Heroes (1921) and The Black Boy of Atlanta (1952).