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NASW Social Work Pioneers®
Harold Lewis, PhD, MSW (1920 - 2003)
Harold Lewis made significant contributions to the social work profession through teaching, research, and writing. Dr. Lewis served as second dean of the School of Social Work at Hunter College of the City University of New York (CUNY) from 1970 to 1990. Under his leadership, Hunter College became the first professional school in the CUNY system to offer a doctorate, and was the first social work graduate school at a public university to be ranked among the top 10 graduate social work schools in the nation. Moreover, Dr. Lewis developed and advanced the idea of allowing graduate students to pursue a second specialty in addition to their core studies of casework. This concept, initiated at Hunter, was eventually adopted by the Council on Social Work Education as a requirement for educational programs in all graduate social work schools.
In addition to serving as dean at Hunter, Dr. Lewis taught on the faculty of four graduate social work programs and directed research in social welfare in Nebraska, Rhode Island, and Pennsylvania. He held national leadership positions in social work education and practice, and served on the editorial boards of five journals. He was one of the founders of The Journal of Teaching in Social Work, and published more than 100 articles and papers. Dr. Lewisí book, The Intellectual Base of Social Work Practice: Tools for Thought in a Helping Profession, published in 1982, served as a landmark text for the profession.
Dr. Lewis received a masterís degree in social work from the University of Pittsburgh School of Social Work and a doctorate in social work from University of Pennsylvania. His many honors include an honorary doctorate awarded by University of Pennsylvania, and the Presidentís Medal awarded by†Hunter College in 2000.
Harold Lewis passed away on July 18, 2003.
Social Work Pioneer 2002