It is with deep regret that the Regents learned of the death of Dorothy
Robinson of the School of Social Work, on October 3, 1978.
Dorothy Robinson was born in Detroit and grew up in that city. Upon
completing her college work at Wayne State University, Professor Robinson
took her first social work position with the Wayne County Bureau of Social
Aid. She followed this job with assignments as caseworker with Jewish
Social Service of Detroit, Jewish Family Service of Cleveland, and the
Veterans Administration Mental Hygiene Clinic of Cleveland. She came to
Ann Arbor in 1948 to pursue graduate studies in social work at The
University of Michigan. After obtaining the M.S.W. degree, she served as a
psychiatric social worker and casework supervisor at University Hospital.
She joined the faculty of the School of Social Work in 1956.
From the time Dorothy Robinson became a faculty member, she was
recognized as an excellent teacher. Students attested to her sound
preparation for class presentations and her superior capacity to relate
theoretical knowledge to social work practice issues. She carried a heavy
liaison load, and worked strenuously to integrate class and field learning.
Her consultation to field instructors was highly valued, as she facilitated new
services and placements, and continuously sought to establish more effective
field learning experiences. At the same time, she created opportunities for
communication and exchange of ideas by meeting with students in a variety
of settings, most memorably in her apartment.
Thoughout her career, Professor Robinson contributed a critical perspective
gained through practice experience and a long-time investment in the
clinical practice of social work and in mental health programs. She always
treated her clients, her students, and her colleagues with great respect. She
believed in students, in this ability to learn and to succeed. The brightness of
her spirit and her concern for students was a dominant theme in her life at
the School of Social Work.
The Regents join the entire University community in extending deepest
sympathies to her family.