Rosa C. Marin


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(1912–1989) Rosa C. Marin was a prominent social worker, educator, and research consultant. She was born in Arecibo, Puerto Rico, and received a bachelor of science degree from the University of Puerto Rico in 1933; she received a master of science degree in 1944 and a doctorate in social work in 1953, both from the University of Pittsburgh. She worked with the Puerto Rico Emergency Relief Administration from 1933 to 1940 as “town head,” junior social worker, director, social supervisor, and chief researcher. From 1940 to 1944 she worked as supervisor of special projects and was chief of scientific research and statistics at the Health Department. From 1944 to 1974 she worked as professor, director of the research unit, and director of the School of Social Work of the University of Puerto Rico. In 1980 she received the professor emeritus distinction from the University of Puerto Rico. Dr. Marin founded Revista Humanidad in 1967, a social welfare journal well known in Latin America. She was a visiting professor of social work and social research in Colombia (1965), Peru (1965–1966), Bolivia (1966), Chile (1966), and Panama (1968) through the U.S. State Department. She was president of the Puerto Rican College of Social Work from 1943 to 1945 and president of the Puerto Rican chapter of NASW. She was a member of the Council on Human Resources, Association of Teachers of Puerto Rico, National Conference on Social Welfare, Social Newspaperwomen, American Academy of Politics and Social Sciences, American Association of Statisticians, and the Association of Research Centers Administration. She was a prolific researcher and writer and well known for studies on dependent multiproblem families in Puerto Rico, the female drug addict in Puerto Rico, and fraudulent medical prescriptions of controlled substances in Puerto Rico. Marin coauthored Manpower Resources Projections and was a key researcher for “La Vida.” In 1987 she received the Bicentennial Medal of the University of Pittsburgh for lifetime achievement.


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