Rosemary Ferguson Dybwad


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(1910–1992) Rosemary Ferguson Dybwad, born in Howe, Indiana, gained international recognition for her pioneering efforts in bringing together nationally organized groups of parents of children with intellectual limitations into a worldwide movement. Following her graduation from Western College for Women, she received from the Institute of International Education a two-year exchange fellowship in sociology at the University of Leipzig and later returned to Germany to complete her PhD in sociology at the University of Hamburg. Her dissertation topic was “Social Work in American Reformatories for Women.” She worked in correctional institutions in New Jersey and New York, resigning in 1939 prior to the birth of her first child.


From Encyclopedia of Social Work in Oxford Reference.

Subjects: Social Work.