Leonard Withington Mayo


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(1899–1993) Leonard Mayo was born at the Berkshire Industrial Farm, in Canaan, New York, where his father was director. He graduated from Colby College in Maine and from 1922 to 1930 worked as an administrator in children's institutions. For the next five years, he did graduate work in sociology and social work at New York University and the New York School of Social Work, where he also was an instructor. From 1935 to 1941 Mayo was an administrator at the Welfare Council of New York City. He then served as dean of the School of Applied Social Sciences, Western Reserve University, Cleveland, from 1941 to 1948. He left Cleveland in 1949 to become director of the Association for the Aid of Crippled Children (later renamed the Foundation for Child Development) in New York City. He returned to Colby College as professor, from 1966 to 1971, developing a major that combined the social and natural sciences. In 1981 Mayo accepted a second post at Western Reserve University as vice president and development officer for the school he had formerly headed.


From Encyclopedia of Social Work in Oxford Reference.

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