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Howard Gundy (1915 - 1997)
Howard Gundy was a social work pioneer at the University of Alabama, where he served as the first dean of the Graduate School of Social Work from 1966-1971. This was the first graduate school of social work in that state and served as a model of other social work schools that would follow in the south.
Gundy was the founding dean of the School of Social Work at Syracuse University. He went to Sacramento State College (California) as the first dean of the social work program
Gundy made pioneering contributions to the field as nursing as well. He received a grant from the U.S. Department of Health, Education, and Welfare to determine the feasibility of establishing a BA program in nursing in order to upgrade the quality of health care in West Alabama. Funding for the nursing program was secured by the University of Alabama and the Alabama Commission of Higher Education in November 1975.
Gundy served as the acting president of the University of Alabama from 1980-81 following his tenure as Dean of the School of Social Work. He also served as academic vice president for one year.
Howard Gundy served as the governor’s special assistant for education and was the Chancellor of Post-secondary Education for the state of Alabama.
During World War II, Gundy served in the U.S. Army Air Corps. He worked at the Veterans Administration as a supervisor in field consulting for medical and psychiatric social services after the war.
Gundy received his Doctorate in Public Administration from Syracuse University’s Maxwell School in 1961. He earned his Master of Social Service degree from Buffalo University and his Bachelor’s degree from Syracuse University in 1939.
He held memberships in the NASW, the American Society of Public Administration, the Council on Social Work Education, the American Public Welfare Association, and the American Association of University Professors.
Significant Achievements and Awards
Awards established in Howard Gundy’s honor include the Dean Howard B. Gundy Endowed Graduate Scholarship Fund in the School of Social Work, University of Alabama, established in 2003 through the generous support of Janet P. Gundy, in memory of her late husband. This scholarship honors his legacy through support of graduate students enrolled in the School of Social Work.
In 2001 Howard Gundy was elected to the Alabama Nursing Hall of Fame.
Gundy was a member of Governor Nelson Rockefeller’s New York Committee on Children and Youth and the Welfare Administration Training Advisory Committee of the U.S. Department of Health, Education, and Welfare.
The University of Alabama created the Howard B. Gundy Distinguished Service Award in his honor.