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Norman V. Lourie
Norman Lourie was President of the National Association of Social Workers from 1961 to 1963. He has been president of not only NASW but the American Orthopsychiatric Association, the National Conference on Social Welfare, and the Academy of Certified Social Workers. He graduated from the New York University School of Education in 1936 with a B.S.; he received a degree from the Columbia University School of Social Work, and from the U.S. Army School of Military Neuropsychiatry in 1944.
Before becoming Deputy Secretary of the Pennsylvania Department of Public Welfare, in 1955, his career included various directorships with settlement houses and children's agencies. For several years he was on the faculties of Adelphi College Graduate School of Social Work and Fels Institute Institution of Local and State Government at the University of Pennsylvania; and for three years he organized and directed the Psychiatric Social Work Section of the of Military Neuropsychiatry of the U. S. Army. He later taught at the Graduate Schools of Social Work at both the University of Pennsylvania, as a Doctoral Seminar Teacher, and the University of Pittsburgh, as an Adjunct Professor. At one point in his professional career with the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania the HARRISBURG EVENING NEWS called him "the senior welfare officer in Pennsylvania history". Following his work with the Department of Welfare he became Deputy Secretary for Federal Policies and Programs.
He has served as consultant to several Federal agencies, including NIMH and the Community Services Society and Edwin Gould Foundation for Children in New York. In 1963 he received the Man of the Y ear Award from the American Society for Public Administration. In 1972 APW A awarded him their W. S. Terry, Jr. Memorial Merit Award. At that time it was said of him that "Norman Lourie is a social planner who combines clarity of vision and thinking, analytical objectivity with the courage to pioneer in new and better approaches to resolving social problems". He has conducted studies in various aspects of social welfare and has authored a number of articles in professional journals, books, and encyclopedias.
Lourie has spent his retirement years working with refugee programs around the world.