Louis Lowy


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(1920–1991) Louis Lowy was a scholar, a teacher, a leader in the fields of gerontology and social work education, and a pioneer in advancing international social work education. Born in Munich, Germany, he was studying philosophy at Charles University in Prague when World War II broke out. From 1941 to 1945, Lowy was imprisoned by the Nazis in concentration camps, and at the end of the war he was the sole survivor of his family. After working as a welfare worker in a displaced persons camp in Deggendorf, Bavaria, Lowy emigrated with his wife to Boston, Massachusetts, in 1946. While employed as a social group worker, he earned a BS from Boston University and an MSW from its Graduate School of Social Work. Following graduation he served at the Jewish Community Center in Bridgeport, Connecticut, as activities director for adults and elders, beginning a lifelong connection with the emerging field of gerontology. He returned to Boston in 1955 as assistant executive director of the Jewish Centers Association and in 1957 joined the faculty of the Boston University School of Social Work. He earned an EdD from the Harvard University Graduate School of Education in 1966.


From Encyclopedia of Social Work in Oxford Reference.

Subjects: Social Work.

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