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NASW Social Work Pioneers®
Malcolm B. Stinson (1907-1977)
For the ten years, beginning in 1959, Stinson was Dean of the School of Social Work at the University of Southern California. He brought with him two areas of special professional interest: research and demonstration, and social work education. He made lasting contributions to social welfare at state, national, and international levels in both arenas.
One of his significant research activities was directing the renowned Family Centered Project of St. Paul which was designed to develop social work methods for dealing with "hard to reach" poverty families. This was the prototype for many similar projects throughout the nation, and many of the learnings from it have found their way into social work practice with families and communities. He was a generous and focused consultant with regard to research and the family, and was frequently sought out for help in various parts of the United States.
Stinson was especially interested in social work education with international students in this country and with students in other parts of the world. Not only was he consulted by other governments about social work education and potential social reforms, he spent several lengthy periods teaching in underdeveloped and developing countries. He devoted two years to teaching and consultation at the University of Lucknow, India and another year in Colombo, Sri Lanka.