Memorials & Tributes

Louise Proehl Shoemaker – July 7, 1925 – March 19, 2013

Louise Proehl Shoemaker  had an illustrative career as a group worker, educator, and the Dean of the School of Social Work, University of Pennsylvania. In the 1940’s and 1950’s she worked in the Elliot Park Neighborhood House, Minnesota, the Lutheran Social Services of Minnesota, for the Maryland State Department of Public Welfare, and the Manhattanville Community Center of New York ... Read More »

Helen Rehr (1919 – 2013)

Helen Rehr‘s work touched the lives of many thousands of the sick and frail. The programs she developed and administered provided superb services for a large number of clients. Her research demonstrated the effectiveness of her programs and thus enabled readers of many of her published articles to implement these programs around the country. Her teaching of social workers and ... Read More »

Jane Bierdeman-Fike

Jane Bierdeman-Fike, NASW Social Work Pioneer®, passed away March 13, 2012. Jane Bierdeman-Fike served on the NASW National Board of Directors. She also served on the NASW Missouri Chapter Executive Committee as Vice-President, elect in 1975, and as President, elected in 1977.  She is a recipient of the 1995 NASW Missouri Chapter Social Worker of the Year Award and 2004 ... Read More »

Golda Edinburg (1924 – 2012)

Golda Edinburg, NASW Social Work Pioneer®, passed away February 9, 2012. Former President, Department of Mental Health and Retardation Area Board of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts and Director, Social Work Department, McLean Hospital. Golda Edinburg will be missed by the entire social work community.  She will be remembered for her unwavering dedication to providing quality care and improving the quality ... Read More »

Mark Battle (1924 – 2011)

The NASW Family wishes to extend its deepest sympathies to the family of Mark Battle as we are greatly saddened by the loss of this great social work pioneer. We want to acknowledge his loving wife, NASW Social Work Pioneer® Evelyn Kays-Battle, and extend our deepest sympathies to her and their family. We join a host of friends, colleagues, students, ... Read More »

Fern L. Chamberlain

Nov 26 1911 – Mar 07 2011 Fern Chamberlain, tireless advocate for the poor, died March 7, 2011, at Dow Rummel Village in Sioux Falls. Fern was born November 26, 1911, in New Rockford, North Dakota, to Merton and Mabel (Loomis) Chamberlain. Her early years were spent in various South Dakota communities where her father was a teacher and school ... Read More »

Maurice O. Hunt

Maurice O. Hunt (1912-2010) Obituary Maurice O. Hunt was involved in social activism throughout his professional social work career. He obtained his MA in 1938 from the Indiana Training School for Social Work, which became the Indiana University School of Social Work.  His involvement in the profession spans fifty years and included a stint in Greece during World War II ... Read More »

Katherine Kendall

Katherine Kendall (1910 – 2010) Click a quote below to view a video segment. “All well-educated people must have a world view.” “When you know you have really helped, it makes life nice.” “This award recognizes all the things I have loved, and that makes me very proud.” Katherine Kendall passed away December 1, 2010. Kendall was closely identified with ... Read More »

Dr. Mary Ann Quaranta

Dr. Mary Ann Quaranta, of Larchmont, NY, died Wednesday, December 16, 2009.  Dean Emerita of the Fordham University Graduate School of Social Service, and former President of the National Association of Social Workers, was a social work pioneer, educator and leader in the profession.  She also served as Provost of Marymount College of Fordham University.  Mary Ann died at home ... Read More »

Louise Frey

NASW Social Work Pioneer® Louise Frey dies at 84 Louise Frey, a professor emerita at BU’s School of Social Work, died in California on February 13 of complications from Alzheimer’s disease. She was 84. Born on April 5, 1924, Frey earned a bachelor’s degree from Queens College, City University of New York, and a master’s from Columbia University. She joined ... Read More »