Harry Specht


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(1929–1995) Harry Specht, nationally and internationally renowned for his scholarship, leadership, and advocacy in social welfare, was one of the most prominent and powerful intellectual voices in his generation of social work educators. A child of the Great Depression, his professional life was marked by an abiding compassion for underprivileged people, which stemmed in part from Specht's early life experiences; the first social workers he had contact with placed Specht and his siblings in foster care. On his own at an early age, Specht worked his way through high school and then through City College of New York, earning an AB in 1951. He obtained his MSW in 1953 from Case Western Reserve University.


From Encyclopedia of Social Work in Oxford Reference.

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