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Louis Edward DeMoll, Jr.
Louis Edward DeMoll, Jr. was a leader in community mental health for more than 30 years. He held positions in the Texas Department of Health (1958-1968) and in the Department of Mental Health and Mental Retardation (1967-1968). DeMoll planned and directed the development of community services throughout Texas. From 1968 until 1988 he taught in the school of social work at the University of Texas at Austin and retired professor emeritus.
His expertise was recognized by the National Institute of Mental Health where he was appointed to several national advisory committees concerned with community mental health, mental hospital improvement and social work education. Furthermore, his public service work included volunteer leadership roles with the United Way and the Community Planning Council of Austin. In 1970, the Texas Chapter of NASW named him Social Worker of the Year. In 1992, an endowed Presidential Scholarship in the name of Louis E. DeMoll was established by the University of Texas.
DeMoll received his master of social work degree in 1949 at Tulane University. In 1958, he earned an Advanced Certificate in Community Mental Health from Columbia University.