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Eunice L. Minton (1904 - 1994)
As a public welfare administrator in the 1930s, Eunice Minton made key contributions to the recognition of the need for social services for families receiving public assistance and was responsible for the direction and oversight of these services as the Social Security Act was implemented in the state of Florida.
In the early 1930s, Minton worked with Family Services in Baltimore. She went to Florida in 1933 as Director of Social Services in the Federal Emergency Relief Association (FERA) Development program. She later directed social services in the Florida State Public Welfare Program.
In 1944 Minton went to work with the Greek Aid mission, part of the United Nations programs, remaining with the mission until 1947. She returned to federal employment with the Department of Health, Education and Welfare (HEW), completing her career as Chief of the Social Services Unit of HEW.
Eunice Minton received her BS in chemistry from Florida State University, and a masters degree from the Professional Institute of William and Mary College.