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NASW Social Work Pioneers®
Ms. Thornton was involved in the formation of the Social Work Section of the American Hospital Association and NASW. She trained with other Social Work Pioneers including Mary Richmond, Ida Cannon, and Antionette Cannon and was a contemporary of fellow Pioneer, Gordon Hamilton, who was Thornton’s assistant director at Columbia-Presbyterian. She assisted Gordon Hamilton in her research which resulted in the Social Component in Medical Care, A Study of One Hundred Cases from the Presbyterian Hospital in the City of New York (Thornton & Knauth, 1917). Ms. Thornton made major contributions to the profession of health care and hospital social work. She played a key role in the early days of social work as a participant in the changing social and political winds of the era, and provided an important personal context to understanding the vital profession of social work.
Social Work Pioneer® 2012