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Garrett, Annette Marie  

Maryann Syers

Annette Marie Garrett (1898–1957) was a social worker and social work educator who contributed to the development of casework practice, especially in the field of industrial counseling. From 1935, she taught at Smith College School for Social Work.

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Gebreselassie, Seyoum  

Wassie Kebede

Seyoum Gebreselassie was a founder of the first effort to establish an African Association of Schools of Social Work and served as a vice president of the International Association of Schools of Social Work (IASSW). He was one of the leaders in the reestablishment of social work education in Ethiopia in the 21st century and achieved the highest academic rank, full professor, in 1995.

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Gendlin, Eugene  

Brittany A. Woods

Eugene T. Gendlin (1926–2017) was an Austro-American philosopher, psychotherapist, educator, and author who is best known for developing the therapeutic approach of focusing. Although Gendlin was a philosopher at heart, he devoted his life to working in the fields of philosophy, psychology, and psychotherapy.

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Germain, Carel Bailey  

Ann Hartman

Carel Bailey Germain (1916–1995) was a scholar, teacher, writer, and theoretician at the University of Connecticut and at Columbia University. Born in San Francisco, Germain's interest in nature had major significance for the future development of social work practice theory.

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Gibelman, Margaret  

Miriam Dinerman, Kim Lorber, and Adele Weiner

Margaret Gibelman (1947–2005) was a scholar of the social work profession, the social service delivery system, and social work education. She was a faculty member at Rutgers University, Catholic University, and Yeshiva University.

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Gilchrist-James, Gayle  

Linda Kreitzer and Richard Ramsay

Gayle Gilchrist-James (1940–2008) was a leader in social work in Canada and around the world. Through her social work practice, academia, and leadership at the national and international levels, she exemplified what a social worker could do through hard work, vision, and passion. Her wholistic systems view gave her the sense of “no limits” about her life and work. Her leadership was rooted in compassion and a humanitarian perspective. She was a role model to students and faculty at the University of Calgary in her teaching style and how she cared deeply for the students she taught. Her crowning accomplishments were her work with the International Federation of Social Workers (IFSW) as vice-president (North America) and president and the creation of the IFSW’s Commission on Human Rights.

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Ginsberg, Mitchell I.  

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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Glasser, Paul  

Raymond Sanchez Mayers and Kathleen J. Pottick

Paul H. Glasser worked tirelessly for more than 50 years as a social worker, social work educator, and social work administrator in schools of social work. He is best known for his writings on social group work while at the University of Michigan where he served as a professor. He helped to develop a theoretical and conceptual framework for group work and saw it as integral to social work itself. He was a dean at two schools of social work where he was able to increase faculty diversity and productivity.

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Gonzalez Molina de la Caro, Dolores  

John F. Longres

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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Gore, Madhav Sadashiv  

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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Gottlieb, Naomi R.  

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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Granger, Lester Blackwell  

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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Gripton, James “Jim” Macpherson  

Mary Valentich

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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Guang, Lu  

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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Gurin, Arnold  

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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Gurin, Helen  

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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Gurteen, Stephen Humphreys  

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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Gustafson, Howard  

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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Hagen, Gerd  

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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Hale, Clara  

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.