William D. Bechill


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(1928–2007) William D. (Bill) Bechill, one of the architects of the system of public social welfare service for aging Americans which was developed during the 20th century, is known primarily for his understanding of the needs of older Americans and their families. His identification with the social work profession was deep and broad. He delighted in reminding students and colleagues that his early career included work as a county welfare commissioner and that he had an ongoing concern with citizen rights and social justice. This concern led him to participate actively in sit-ins to protest segregation in lunch counters in Michigan and to surprise audiences with his keen awareness of unmet needs of children and adolescents, in addition to his identity with older people.


From Encyclopedia of Social Work in Oxford Reference.

Subjects: Social Work.