Social Work Pioneer
“Social workers can help anyone in need, regardless of socioeconomic status.” - Muriel Pumphrey
(1910 - 2000)
In honor of Women's and Social Work History month, the School of social work recognizes one of its own.
Dr. Muriel Pumphrey was a dedicated social worker, published scholar, and revered educator whose career spanned 49 years (1931– 1980). She graduated Summa Cum Laude from Oberlin College in Ohio in 1930 and earned a Doctorate of Social Welfare (DSW) from Columbia University in 1956. Dr. Pumphrey is most known for creating the Social Work department at the University of Missouri -St. Louis in 1976.
Other notable highlights of Dr. Pumphrey‘s career include:
- 1931–1934: She completed her graduate field studies while working in a settlement house during the Great Depression
- 1939–1945: Volunteered as a statistical researcher for a post–World War II planning study and used her home as a base of operations for social workers to strategize war relief efforts
- 1959: The Council on Social Work Education published her textbook, “The Teaching of Values and Ethics in Social Work Education”
- 1980: Became an Emeritus Professor of Social Work after retiring