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Werner Boehm (1913 - 2011)
Werner Boehm came to the United States from Germany in 1937. He became a citizen in 1944. He received an L.L.B. in 1936 from the University of Dijon, France and an MSW from Tulane University in 1941. Mr. Boehm was known as a social work educator whose pioneering work was in curriculum development in the U.S. and social work in Canada. He taught at the University of Minnesota from 1958 to 1963. He also taught at the Graduate School of Social Work at Rutgers University and was the dean from 1963 to 1972.
Boehm was the director for the Center for International Cooperative Social Welfare from 1973 to 1981. He was the vice president of the Minnesota Welfare Conference in 1954-55. He was the U.S. member of the Committee of International Social Work from 1955 to 1961, and Vice Chairman of the International Conference in 1961. He continued his work on the international conference. He was the vice chairman of the 10th International Conference of Social Work in Italy in 1961, Brazil in 1962, and in Manila in 1970. He received a Fulbright Travel Grant for work in Italy 1969, in Rome 1971, in San Juan 1976, and lectured in Germany and France from 1982 to 1983.
Boehm was a scholar at the National Institute of Social Work Training in London and he was U.S. representative to its commission on the social development 18th International Conference of Social Welfare in San Juan. Dr. Boehm engaged in considerable research and writing and served as editor in chief of the social work series both nationally and internationally. He was named the National Association of Social Workers (NASW) Social Worker of the Year in 1983. 1n 1992, Boehm received an honorary doctorate from Tulane University School of Social Work. He was a member of NASW, the Council on Social Welfare Education, the National Conference on Social Welfare and the first vice president of the New Jersey Welfare Council. Boehm lived in New Brunswick, New Jersey and was a professor at the Rutgers University Graduate School of Social Work in New Brunswick until his retirement.