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Florence Vigilante (1927 - 2012)
Dr. Florence Vigilante retired at age 81 from the Silberman School of Social Work at Hunter College. Dr. Vigilante served on the school’s faculty from 1967 to 2008, serving in multiple capacities as Director of Admissions, as Chair of the Clinical Practice sequence, and as Director of the Hunter College Employee Assistance Program (EAP). In 1983, Dr. Vigilante created the school’s EAP to provide free counseling for Hunter employees, their families and significant others. She served as its Director until her retirement in 2008. She also was editor of the Journal of Teaching in Social Work, a journal that continues to be associated with the Silberman School of Social Work. She was nationally known for her ground breaking work in social work in employment settings, and her commitment to educating students for direct practice work.
At her retirement party in 2008, many speakers attested to her significant contributions to the Silberman School of Social Work and the social work profession.