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NASW Social Work Pioneers®
Hilda Tebow (1911 - 1991)
Hilda Tebow pioneered with the Federal Bureau Family Services from 1951- 1960 and later in 1963-1978. She was also involved with the Environmental Health Education Welfare Department in promoting educational and training programs in the West. She is particularly known for her work with Native Americans whereby she encouraged educational institutions to admit Native Americans to Bachelor of Social Work and Master Social Work programs.
Tebow worked with the Emergency Relief Administration of Oklahoma in 1933, which later became the State Welfare Department, where she practiced until 1948. She then returned to Oklahoma as assistant state director. She then went on to teach at the Vanderbilt University School of Social Work in Tennessee, and in Tempe, Arizona at Arizona State University. She also served as director of social services in Connecticut from 1960 1963. She was particularly successful in developing the "How to Do It" series for the training of state public welfare staff.
Tebow received a bachelor's degree from Oklahoma A&M College, and pursued her education at Vanderbilt University, where she obtained a master's in social work degree in 1948. She will be remembered for her teaching abilities and particularly for her work with Native Americans and Hispanics.
Ms. Tebow was born May 17, 1911 in Grant County, Oklahoma and died November 9, 1991 in Bakersfield.