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In Memoriam

Gloria Darden Gettys

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Gloria Darden Gettys, a professor of social work for more than 30 years before her retirement last year, died March 2. She was 70.

“Dr. Gettys was a master of experiential learning techniques,” said social work professor Linda Mauro, one of her colleagues. “She was a staunch advocate for adult students who came back to the school with many years of social work practice experience.”

Before joining Temple’s faculty in 1970, Gettys worked in the city’s Department of Human Services, specializing in child welfare, for 12 years. She wrote for The Advocate, the University’s social work newspaper, serving as its editor from 1999 to 2003.

A popular teacher, Gettys studied open adoption and was active in advocating for open/fair housing, Mauro said. Her early scholarly career included substantial work in the area of black families and racism.

Gettys earned her bachelor’s degree from West Virginia State College in 1949, her master’s degree from the University of Pennsylvania in 1953, and her doctorate from the Graduate School of Social Work and Social Research at Bryn Mawr College in 1980.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Fair Housing Council of Suburban Philadelphia, 225 S. Chester Road, Suite 1, Swarthmore, PA 19081.

- Barbara Baals

 

 


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