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NASW Social Work Pioneers®
Virginia R. Jones (1920 - 2008)
Virginia R. Jones was one of the creators of the University of Alabama School of Social Work, and she was instrumental in achieving legislation for Alabama social work licensure. In the 1960s, at Florida State University’s hospital, she reorganized the social services department and helped establish a Baccalaureate Social Work degree at Florida State University, where she also served as field instructor and associate director.
Jones provided direct services for Traveler’s Aid Society, the American Red Cross, and Children Aid Society for five years. From 1967 to 1976, she provided direct consultation and research for poverty programs, and taught social work courses at the University of Montevallo, Alabama until 1981.
In 1946 and 1947 she initiated and developed the Alabama State Crippled Children’s Services program and developed social services for the Columbus, Georgia Public Health Service and U.S. Public Health Training Station.
Jones was a social worker at St. Martins in the Pines Retirement Center in Birmingham, Alabama from 1990 until her retirement in 1996.
Jones earned her MSW from Tulane University in 1944. She received her BA from the University of Alabama in 1942.
Significant Achievements and Awards
1980: University of Montevallo, Alabama, Award for Outstanding Service, Development of Academic Advising Program
1978: Co-Chairperson, Alabama/Mississippi Social Work Education Conference
1974-1976: Dictionary of International Biography
1974: The American Academy of Human Services
1973: Personalities of the South
1972: Who’s Who in Alabama; and Two Thousand Women of Achievement
1971-76: Who’s Who in American Women
1970: Treasurer, Board of Directors, Alabama Commission on Social Welfare Manpower
Jones was vice president of the NASW Alabama chapter from 1965 – 1967, second vice president in 1974, president from 1975 to 1976, and historian from 1979 to 1981.