Title: Professor Emeritus
Company: University of Washington
Location: Seattle, Washington, United States
Ronald Dear, Professor Emeritus at the University of Washington, has been recognized by Marquis Who’s Who Top Health Care Professionals for dedication, achievements, and leadership in social work, mental health care and higher education.
Dr. Dear first prepared for his career at Bucknell University, where he graduated with a Bachelor of Arts in 1955. He earned an honors certificate from the University of Aberdeen in Scotland, and completed an MSW at the University of Pittsburgh in 1957. From 1957 to 1961, Dr. Dear served as a first lieutenant in the United States Army, working in the mental hygiene consultant service at the Aberdeen Proving Ground in Maryland from 1958 to 1960. He then served as chief of the neuro-psychiatric clinic in the 7th infantry division in Korea from 1960 to 1961 and received an honorable discharge.
Upon his return to civilian life, Dr. Dear accepted a position as the residence director at Horizon House Incorporated in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. He held this position until 1964 and continued his academic pursuits at Columbia University, where he graduated with a PhD in social work in 1972. He credits Eveline Burns, the first female professor at Columbia University, as well as Alfred J. Kahn, as professional mentors and influences. Dr. Dear began his career as an educator in 1970, starting at the University of Washington in Seattle, where he taught for more than 30 years. He retired in 2003 and has since held the designation of professor emeritus.
Dr. Dear is proud of being elected chair of the faculty senate at the University of Washington, a post he held from 1994 to 1996. Among his myriad professional achievements, he recalls the period following the Kent State University shootings in 1970 as the highlight of his career. He was meant to begin his professorship at the University of Washington, but in the aftermath of the tragedy, the institution was shut down in response to unrest in the student body. Dr. Dear suggested that the faculty could leverage the students’ passion for activism and create a constructive educational opportunity by teaching a course on legislative advocacy. Drawing on his experience as a lobbyist, he and his coworker began the course, bringing in legislators and legislative assistants, and arranging for trips to visit the governor and other political figures. Dr. Dear was proud to see a number of his students pursue political careers.
In addition to being a certified social worker in the states of New York and Washington, Dr. Dear has contributed to the field through his creative work. He wrote for the first Dictionary of Social Work, contributed to the Encyclopedia of Social Workers as well as numerous professional journals, and employed his expertise as the editor of “Poverty in Perspective” in 1973. He authored the sixth edition of “Social Welfare Policy: Trends and Issues” in 2001, and has maintained affiliations to multiple organizations, including the National Association of Social Workers and the Academy of Certified Social Workers.
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