Ruby B. Pernell


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(1917–2001) A scholar and leader in the development of social group work knowledge, values, and skills, Pernell earned her undergraduate (1939) and master's (1944) degrees from the University of Pittsburgh, and her doctorate in social administration (1959) from the University of London. Pernell's work touched many communities: she was a settlement house worker at the Soho Community House in Pittsburgh; a faculty member at the University of Minnesota School of Social Work; a social welfare attaché assigned to India for the State Department; a Visiting Professor at the Universities of Denver, Washington, and Atlanta; Grace Longwell Coyle Professor and professor emerita of Social Work at the School of Applied Social Sciences at Case Western Reserve University from 1968 to 2001 (now the Mandel School of Applied Social Sciences). Pernell also served as the Acting Dean of that institution from 1973 to 1974. She was a founding member of the Association for the Advancement of Social Work with Groups and a board member and advisor to many local and national organizations, including the Peace Corps. As part of her commitment to international social work and study-abroad programs, Pernell served as a consultant for many nations, including Britain, Egypt, the Sudan, Jamaica, Germany, Canada, Sri Lanka, and India. Dr. Pernell wrote over 35 articles and monographs, contributing regularly to journals such as International Social Work, Journal of Education for Social Work, and Social Work, and authoring chapters in Fundamentals of Social Work Practice (1982).

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