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Morton Teicher, PhD, ACSW, was an active NASW member since its formation. He was a chapter president, a delegate to several Delegate Assemblies, and a member of the Commission that produced the first NASW Code of Ethics. He established three programs in social work education: Yeshiva University, where he served as Dean; Oppenheimer College of Social Services in Northern Rhodesia (now Zambia); and Bar Ilan University in Israel. He also worked to establish social work doctoral programs at Yeshiva University and the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.
Dr. Teicher was one of the first military psychiatric social workers, serving in the China-Burma-India Theater for 30 months during World War II. He was among the first social workers to achieve officer status in the army.
While at Yeshiva University, Dr. Teicher taught and modeled political involvement for social change. Eleanor Roosevelt praised his activism in her column, "My Day" in 1959.