Donald S. Howard


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(1902–1982) Donald S. Howard, an eminent social work educator and administrator, was born in Tokyo, the son of missionaries. A 1925 graduate of Otterbein College, he earned his PhD in 1971 from the School of Social Service Administration at the University of Chicago. He was director of research and statistics for the Colorado Emergency Relief Administration and Works Progress Administration (1934–1936) and then became research assistant and director of the Department of Social Work Administration of the Russell Sage Foundation, where he remained until 1948. During this time he also taught part time at Hunter College, Rutgers University, and Columbia University. In 1948 Howard was appointed first dean of the School of Social Welfare at the University of California, Los Angeles. He remained in that position until 1960 and remained on the faculty until his retirement in 1970. Howard believed deeply in the goal of improving the world for all people. As an educator, he emphasized the importance of social work's underlying values.


From Encyclopedia of Social Work in Oxford Reference.

Subjects: Social Work.