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Harleigh B. Trecker (1911 - 1986)
Harleigh Bradley Trecker, born in Calery, Illinois, attended George William College in Chicago where received his Bachelor of Science degree in 1934. In 1938 he obtained his master's degree from the University of Chicago.
Upon completing his formal education, Trecker embarked upon a career in social work. From 1938 to 1941 he was an instructor at George Williams College. From 1941 to 1951 he taught at the University of Southern California (USC). He attained the position of professor at USC in 1949. In 1951 Trecker moved to the University of Connecticut where he served as Dean until 1968. From 1968 until his retirement, in 1977, he served as University Professor of Social Work. The University's Board of Trustee named the School's library after him.
Throughout his career Trecker associated with a number of professional societies. Among the more prominent were: the National Association of Social Workers and the Council on Social Work education. He was active as a consultant, institute leader, and lecturer. Trecker was also a prolific writer, and during his scholastic tenure he authored twenty books (some of which were translated into foreign languages). Additionally, he wrote scores of journal articles and book reviews. His research focused mainly on two areas: "social work administration" and "board of community service agencies." Trecker received several awards and distinctions including a citation from the American Association of Social Workers in 1951 and a certificate of recognition from the Connecticut Social Welfare Conference in 1967.