Esther Glasser

in memoriam

NASW Pioneer Esther Glasser died Saturday, February 2, 2008 in Arlington, VA

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GLASSER Esther K. Glasser (Age 91) On Saturday, February 2, 2008, Esther K. Glasser, of Arlington, VA. Mother of Stephen A. (Lynn) Glasser, Amy H. (Lawrence) Corey and Robin (Frank) Hudson. She is also survived by eight grandchildren and three great grandchildren. A Memorial Service will be held at the Arlington Funeral Home, 3901 N. Fairfax Dr., Arlington, VA on Monday, February 4, 2008 at 11:30 a.m. Burial will be private. In lieu of flowers memorial contributions may be made to: Glasser Family Scholarship Fund, in honor of Esther and Melvin Glasser, Bloomfield College, Bloomfield, NJ 07003 or the National Association of Social Workers Foundation, Suite 700, 750 First ST. NE., Washington, DC, 20002, website:

Published in The Washington Post on 2/2/2008.

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  1. Esther’s indomitable spirit, sunny disposition, and lively interest in current events prevailed ’til the end of her life. Her strong dedication to justice, the welfare of children, and the advancement of an egalitarian society under-girded her remarkable career as a social worker and advocate. Our lovely conversations will linger on with me. I am thankful for all that she, along with her husband, Mel, gave to the advancement of the social work profession and the welfare of 20th century USA.

  2. Esther Glasser was a beloved member of the Metro DC Chapter. Over the past 5 years, Esther has attended chapter events less frequently than earlier years, but her presence was always with us. Not a month went by that someone didn’t call to ask if I’d seen Esther lately or called to tell me about his/her delightful visit with Esther. Esther had a way of energizing and inspiring people, making them feel proud of having chosen social work as their profession. She will be deeply missed and dearly remembered.

  3. Esther Glasser was a very special person who was dedicated to the welfare and education of children. She found many ways to further this important cause. Esther and her husband Mel reinforced each other’s efforts to create a more caring society and have made a lasting impact on the organization and practice of social welfare services.

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