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NASW Social Work Pioneers®
Aaron Beckerman (1924 - 2012)
Dr. Beckerman, in collaboration with Dr. Charles Auerbach, developed the system of single subject practitioner research and was invited to present internationally as well as nationally in the United States. In 1979, he became a founding member of Humanistic Aspects of Medical Education, a new program at New York University’s School of Medicine (NYUMC). He served as an Adjunct Associate Professor of Medicine at NYUMC at the inception of the program and was a group leader with a wide range of medical groups, including medical students, interns and residents at three different associated hospitals in Boston, Cleveland and Chicago. A video was produced based on his work on the Medical Intensive Care Unit.
Upon retirement, Dr. Beckerman continued to utilize his considerable skill in social policy and community development. He and his colleague at the Wurzweiler School of Social Policy, Dr. Lewis Levitt, founded Rekindling Reform, an organization seeking to achieve affordable, accessible quality health care by stimulating public discussion and advocacy.
Dr. Beckerman's interest in social group work led to the authorship of a number of papers and active involvement with other social workers in that field. He served for two years on the board for the New York City Chapter and was the Vice President of the Universal Health Care Foundation of New York.
During his last years, Beckerman pursued his interest in poetry and led a children’s poetry workshop every summer at Camp Walt Whitman. He published a volume of poems entitled “Meandering.” On the last day of his life, he had an appointment to meet with the staff of his member of Congress in order to lobby against a Grand Bargain that would hurt the United States social programs. He was unable to keep his appointment.
Aaron Beckerman received his MSW from the University of Pennsylvania University School of Social Work, and his DSW from Columbia University School of Social Work. He was the author of numerous publications and a frequent presenter throughout his career.