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Charles King (1920 - 1994)
Charles King was a major figure in practice and policy development for hard-to-reach adolescents. He translated his perspectives into locally and nationally effective mental health activism through his various administrative and organizational roles over the years. He served the community of troubled adolescent boys for 30 years.
King was director of the West Side School Day Treatment Program, a school for troubled adolescents sponsored by the Jewish Board of Guardians from 1974 until his retirement in 1989. Prior to that, he was the executive director of the Wiltwyck School for Boys in Yorktown Heights, New York. He held this position from 1959 to 1967.
King was the executive director of Haryou-Act, an agency carrying out anti-poverty activities in Harlem, from 1967 to 1968. He was also a major contributor to the formation of the Harlem Neighborhood Association. From 1968 to 1974, King worked for Lincoln Hospital in the Bronx, Metropolitan Hospital in Manhattan, the New York State Drug Addiction Control Commission and the New York State Division for Youth.
Charles King was a graduate of Columbia University New School of Social Work in 1951. He received his Bachelor’s degree from Hampton Institute in Virginia in1941.
King also served as an infantryman in Italy during World War II.
Significant Achievements and Awards
1972-1973: President of the American Orthopsychiatric Association
1970-1972: President of the New York City chapter of N.A.S.W.
King was also president of Columbia’s Alumni Association from 1960 to 1961.
King, C.H. (1975). The EGO and the integration of violence in homicidal youth. American Journal of Orthopsychiatry, 45(1), 134-145.
Minuchin, S., Auerswald, E., King, C.H., & Rabinowitz, C. (1964). The study and treatment of families that produce multiple acting-out boys. American Journal of Orthopsychiatry, 34(1), 125-133.