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In Memory: Golda Edinburg

Golda Edinburg. Photo courtesy of NASW Foundation.

National Association of Social Workers Pioneer Golda Edinburg, 87,  died Feb. 9 of natural causes, according to this article in Boston University’s Daily Free Press.

Edinburg was dedicated to improving the quality of life for the mentally ill and their families. She also developed the role of a social worker at the McLean psychiatric hospital in Belmont, Mass.

This model helped jumpstart similar social work programs in hospitals across the nation, the article said.

“She was tremendously dedicated and compassionate,” said Ken Schulman, associate dean of of the Boston University School of Social Work, where Edinburg earned a master’s degree in 1946. “She was not just a pioneer, but she remains an icon in social work.”

You can read more about Edinburg at the NASW Foundation by clicking here.

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