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NASW Social Work Pioneers®
Walter J. Levy
Walter J. Levy, ACSW, LMSW-ACP is known in Dallas, TX, as “The Aging Social Worker.” He helped craft a new specialty in social work practice, particularly for his work as a pioneer in the field of aging.
In 1975, Walter left the comfort and security of a well-established position as one of the highest paid community practice social workers in Dallas to build a private practice serving the elderly. This was no small feat, since, at that time, Walter was 53 years old.
Walter established a strong practice that focused on the psychosocial aspects of aging, illness, and widowhood. Walter retried from private practice on December 31, 1999. Today, he is actively working with community agencies as a volunteer. His life’s work continues with purpose and clarity. That is Walter’s way.
Walter is a Charter Member of NASW. He joined the American Association of Social Workers as a graduate student in 1954 and in 1955 became a member of NASW. In 1986, he received local recognition as the “Social Worker of the Year Award” from the Dallas Unit. In 1995, he received the prestigious “Lifetime Achievement Award” from the Dallas Unit and then again at the state level from the Texas Chapter.
The pioneering spirit expresses itself through strength and perseverance. As such, it can shield us in our moments of despair. The pioneering spirit can also express itself as a light – a beacon to guide us on our pathways as we pursue our dreams. Walter J. Levy exemplifies the best of the pioneering spirit that rises from a life dedicated to quality social work practice.