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In July Michael Reisch gave a presentation, “e Foundations of Charitable Giving and Volunteering in the U.S.,” at the International Symposium on Charity Development, in Vancouver, Canada. In October he presented “e Politics of Social Work in the Age of Globalization” at the conference Why Social Work? (Warum Sozialarbeit?) in Bielefeld, Germany.

Professor Emerita Rosemary Sarri’s editorial “‘End of welfare as we know it’ deserves another examination” was printed in The Ann Arbor News on September 12.

  • e November issue of El Viejo Topo, a Spanish

magazine, includes a lengthy interview with Jose Tapia Granados. He discusses how mortality rates can be used to gauge social progress and how periods of “strong economy” have been harmful for health.

John Tropman and his family received the National Association of Social Workers–Southwest Pennsylvania Division’s first Social Work Legacy Award on Novem- ber 17 for the work of his late father Elmer J. Tropman and his family in advancing social work practice and in establishing the Forbes Fund (now Copeland Fund) in 1982 to provide emergency financial assistance to nonprofit organizations. Tropman gave the keynote address, “Past, Present, and Future Challenges for Social Work,” at the NASW Southwest Pennsylvania Division conference.

In Memoriam

Robert Vinter, 85, professor emeritus of social work, died on December 25, 2006.

Vinter helped to develop the theory and practice of group work and furthered the field of study of juvenile justice. “His work in the area of juvenile justice has had a lasting impact on programs and policies in the United States,” said Rosemary Sarri, professor emerita of social work.

Vinter earned his 1948 MSW degree and his 1957 PhD degree in social psychology from Columbia University. He joined the University of Michigan School of Social Work in 1954, teaching masters- and doctoral-level courses and conducting research studies of national importance.

His efforts shaped the School of Social Work’s curriculum during the mid-1960s. He also was recognized as a superior teacher and mentor with extraordinary dedication to his students. “Bob Vinter was a provocative and challenging teacher and colleague, always pushing people to perform at their best,” Sarri said.

Vinter served as associate dean from 1964 to 1970 and as acting dean for 1970-71. He was appointed

The Stanford Social Innovation Review (Fall 2006) reviewed an article by Professor David Tucker and David Sommerfeld, PhD candidate in social work and sociology, that was published in Nonprofit and Voluntary Sector Quarterly.

Diane Vinokur gave an illustrated paper at the Annual Meeting of the Association for Research on Nonprofit Organizations and Voluntary Action in Chicago, November 2006: “Historically Preserved Buildings and eir Nonprofit Tenants.”

Michael Woolley and Joseph Himle taught social work practice at Yonsei University, Seoul, South Korea, during the summer. Professor Woolley re- turned to South Korea in the fall to present at both the International Social Welfare Conference at Yonsei and at the International School Social Work Confer- ence in Pusan.

Mike Woolley (far left) and Joe Himle (far right).

the Arthur Dunham Professor of Social Work by the Regents of the University of Michigan.

Vinter retired in 1985 after 31 years of service.

  • e Regents saluted him as a distinguished

educator who “has made a singular contribution to the body of social welfare knowledge and has applied his research findings to the enhancement of graduate education as well as social service policies and programs.”

“He was one of those who helped lay the intel- lectual foundation on which this School now stands,” commented Professor David Tucker.

Vinter was a founding member of the National Association of Social Workers. He was a consul- tant to the President’s Committee on Juvenile Delinquenc , the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services and the U.S. Department of Jus- tice, as well as a member of national mental health committees and several Michigan advisory boards.

A memorial service was held on January 5, 2007, in Ann Arbor. Vinter is survived by his two sons and four grandchildren.

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