Charles Samuel Levy


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(1919–2006) Charles “Chuck” Levy—professor, ethicist, Jewish communal professional—was born in New York City to immigrant parents. He left the Jewish communal service field in 1956/57 to join three colleagues as the founding faculty of a new school of social work at Yeshiva University in New York City. He served in the professorial ranks and as associate dean and acting dean of the Wurzweiler School of Social Work until his retirement as professor emeritus in 1982. He received his BS from City College, his MSW from Wayne State University, and his DSW from Columbia University School of Social Work. The author of dozens of articles on social group work, community work, Jewish communal service, social change, and the social work profession, his interest in the values and ethics of the social work profession crystallized during the 1970s. His thoughts and observations were articulated in a series of articles that appeared in major social work journals: “The Value Base of Social Work” (Journal of Education for Social Work, 1972), “Values and Planned Change” (Social Casework, 1972), “Ethics of Supervision” (Social Work, 1973), “On the Development of a Code of Ethics” (Social Work, 1974), and “Personal versus Professional Values: The Practitioner's Dilemma” (Clinical Social Work, 1976). He chaired the NASW Task Force on Ethics that produced the first code of ethics for the association which was adopted in 1979. His books Social Work Ethics (1976), Guide to Ethical Decisions and Action for Social Service Administrators (1982) and Social Work Ethics on the Line (1993) are considered classics in the field. He served as a mentor to generations of students, created an environment for the study and teaching of ethics, and influenced today's leading social work ethicists.

From Encyclopedia of Social Work in Oxford Reference.

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