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Memoir

Patricia Rabinovitz
Regents' Proceedings 1417

Patricia Woodford Rabinovitz, Professor of Social Work, concluded twenty-four years of association with the University when she retired from the active faculty at the end of the past summer term.

Though a native of San Francisco, Mrs. Rabinovitz was educated in Detroit, and earned her baccalaureate from Wayne University in 1925. Having taught in high school during the two years after her graduation, she resumed her professional life in 1932 as a psychiatric social worker in the Wayne County Clinic for Child Study.

In 1939, she joined the Wayne County Bureau of Social Aid, a unit of the Michigan State Social Welfare Department and one of the largest administrative units for public assistance in the United States; in that agency, with the title of Social Welfare Administrator, she gained the rich and comprehensive experience, which formed the basis of her unfailing practical acumen. Concurrently strengthening her academic background, she earned a master's degree from the Wayne University School of Social Work in 1942 and subsequently lectured in that School.

The University of Michigan secured her services as Special Lecturer in the Institute for Human Adjustment in 1944 and as teacher of a course in public welfare in 1948. When the University's School of Social Work was moved to Ann Arbor in 1951, she relinquished her offices for the State Welfare Department and accepted a full-time appointment as Assistant Professor. She was advanced to Associate Professor in 1954 and to Professor in 1959.

In her School, Mrs. Rabinovitz helped develop the program in Public Welfare Administration and taught courses in the Social Services sequence. Because of her long practical experience and wide professional acquaintance, she had always a clear vision of social work. In consequence of her good offices here, students in social work became notably better prepared than before for administrative posts in social welfare agencies.

In courses prepared and taught for the School of Nursing and for the Sociology Department of the Literary College, she attractively presented her profession to students only obliquely concerned with it. She proved, furthermore, a capable participant in research programs seeking practicable solutions to immediate problems and in those concerned with the theoretical bases of inquiry in her field. Her voice, finally, in the deliberative and administrative councils of her School and of the University, was both shrewd and constructive.

Throughout her tenure here, Mrs. Rabinovitz remained on call as a leader of workshops and institutes for the National Conference on Social Work and the American Public Welfare Administration. Professionally active from coast to coast, she continued also to exert leadership in programs of social welfare in the community and the state.

The Regents of the University, though regretting the early loss of her services, join her colleagues in deferring to her desire for an early retirement. As they appoint her Professor Emerita of Social work, they extend to her their gratitude and good wishes, and cordially invite her to partake of the privileges of emerita rank.