In Memoriam - Dr. Aaron Beckerman
Dr. Aaron Beckerman passed away on November 26, 2012, a victim of a massive heart attack. He was 89 years old.
He was designated by the Chapter as a Social Work Pioneer in recognition of his important professional contributions during more than 50 years of his career as a social worker. He received his master's degree at the University of Pennsylvania School of Social Work and his doctorate at Columbia.
A master teacher of research, he served on the faculty of the Wurzweiler School of Social Work for over thirty years, including several years as Associate Dean. He was a key member of the doctoral faculty and was a dissertation advisor for many Wurzweiler graduates. His interest in health brought him an invitation to help develop and teach a seminar for students at the NYU Medical School focused on helping doctors understand and treat patients as whole persons functioning in a social environment.
Aaron's interest in social group work led to the authorship of a number of papers and active involvement with other social workers in that field. He served for two years on the board of the New York City chapter. He helped to found Rekindling Reform, a pioneering health reform and advocacy organization.and was the vice-president of the Universal Health Care Foundation of New York.
Over the past few years, Aaron pursued his interest in poetry and led a children's poetry workshop every summer at Camp Walt Whitman. He published a volume of his poems entitled "Meandering." On the last day of his life, he had an appointment to meet with the staff of his member of Congress in order to lobby against a Grand Bargain that would hurt our country's social programs. He was unable to keep that appointment because of the heart attack. I believe that if he had the opportunity, he would have echoed Joe Hill's famous message: Don't mourn for me.....ORGANIZE!
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