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40 years ago: Founder of School of Social Welfare dies

December 19, 2011

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From the Lawrence Daily Journal-World for Dec. 19, 1971:

Esther Twente, long regarded as the founder of the Kansas University School of Social Welfare, had died this week after a recent illness. Twente, 75, had been honored as the 1971 Distinguished Older Citizen of Kansas and had attended three White House conferences on the subject of aging and social welfare. Her 1970 book, "Never Too Old," was highly regarded in the field and she was a much-sought-after speaker on the topic of aging. After her arrival at KU in 1937, she had first established a social work curriculum in the KU Department of Sociology. After World War II, the Kansas Board of Regents had authorized the creation of a separate Department of Social Welfare with Twente as the director. The department had transitioned into the School of Social Welfare in 1970.

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