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Gerson David has had an impact both nationally and internationally, building NASW’s international program and was one of the first voices calling for inclusion of the Pacific Rim countries in the global dialogue. He was a founding faculty member of the Graduate School of Social Work at the University of Houston in 1968.
He served at the University of Houston in a number of capacities for more than 30 years. Prior to arriving there, Gerson David served on the faculty of West Virginia University and was a director of the University of Toronto’s Family Diagnosis Research Project for more than four years. He also served the government of Burma and National Council of Churches Relief Committee of India.
David was a congressional delegate from Texas to the 1995 White House Conference on Aging, and organized the metropolitan Houston are pre-WHCoA in February that year. He was appointed an adviser to the U.S. Committee for the Celebration of the United Nations International Year of Older Persons in 1999.
David visited the China Research Center on Aging to review research programs connected with the U.S. Population Fund Project on implications of aging. He was a visiting fellow to the Program on Population in Honolulu, Hawaii in 1996.
David earned his Ph.D. in Community Welfare Research from the University of Pittsburgh in 1966. He received his MA from the University of Chicago in 1960 and his Diploma from the Madras School of Social Work (India) in 1954.
Significant Achievements and Awards
2004: National Award, Freedoms Foundation at Valley Forge, Houston chapter
2003: Edith Abbott Distinguished Alumni Award, University of Houston
2000: Graduate School of Social Work, University of Houston announced the Gerson David International Exchange for Peace and Social Justice
1994: Lifetime Achievement Award, NASW Houston chapter
1989-91: Board member, U.S. Committee, International Conference on Social Welfare
1984: Recipient of the Distinguished Alumnus Award, University of Pittsburgh
1981: Awarded Life Board Membership, Houston Area Urban League
David, G. (1998). Successful aging: Focus on public policy and spiritual well-being. Journal of Religious Gerontology, 10(4), 65-80.