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Memoir

Dorothy Robinson
Obituary 154

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.

Bio - The History of Social Work - Fellin

Dorothy Robinson was appointed as assistant professor of social work in 1956. Prior to her joining the faculty, Robinson had earned a B.A. degree at Wayne State University and an M.S.W. degree at Michigan and had served in a number of social work positions, including caseworker at Jewish Social Services and casework supervisor at University of Michigan Hospital and the Veteran's Readjustment Center. Robinson had attained the rank of professor prior to the time of her death in 1978.

In a memorial statement, the regents noted, "Throughout her career Professor Robinson contributed a critical perspective gained through practice experience and a long-time interest 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 their 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" (Board of Regents, 1978).