Mary Kingsbury Simkhovitch


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(1867–1951) Mary Kingsbury Simkhovitch achieved international recognition as the founder of the Greenwich House social settlement in New York City. A native of Chestnut Hill, Massachusetts, she received an undergraduate degree from Boston University in 1890. Later she did graduate work at Radcliffe College and the University of Berlin. Simkhovitch began her social work career working with immigrants at the College Settlement and Friendly Aid House in New York. In 1902 she founded Greenwich House, remaining there until her retirement in 1946. The settlement met the needs of the community by providing such services as a day care center, a family counseling service, and cultural activities. In addition to her pioneering work in public housing, Simkhovitch was a professor of social economy at Barnard College for three years and an associate professor in social economy at Teachers College of Columbia University for three years.


From Encyclopedia of Social Work in Oxford Reference.

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