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Morris, Robert

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Robert Morris  (1910-2005):  Educator, Author, Policy Analyst and Social Gerontologist


Professor Morris at Home
Professor Morris at Home
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Robert “Bob” Morris had a profound influence on long-term care policies and available services for the elderly as well as greater understanding of social welfare issues. His research, many consultations, appointments, and prolific writings all contributed to an appreciation of the importance of social policy to the planning and delivering of social services and to the well being of people, particularly the elderly.

Morris was born in Akron, Ohio and received his bachelor’s degree from the University of Akron in 1931, his master’s of social work degree from the School of Applied Social Sciences at Western University in 1935, and his DSW from Columbia University, New York School of Social Work in 1959. He was a professor of social planning at Brandeis University’s, Florence Heller Graduate School for Advanced Studies in Social Welfare. Morris was professor emeritus from 1959-1979

In 1970 he became director of the Levinson Policy Institute at Brandeis and became a very instrumental figure in the development of the university’s role in social policy studies and research. Morris received research awards from the Ford Foundation, Veterans Administration, National Science Foundation, and the U.S. Department of Health Education and Welfare. He was the recipient of special awards from the Hayes Fullbright Program for Italy, the Ford Foundation, the Max and Anna Levinson Family Trust, and the Treuhaft Fund. His publications include several books and numerous articles in the fields of social planning, gerontology, and medical care. He was the editor of the Encyclopedia of Social Work 16th Edition, 1971, the editor of the Journal of Social Work from 1960 to 1972, and co-editor of the Journal of Aging and Social Policy.

Republished from: NASW Foundation

How to Cite this Article (APA Format): NASW Foundation (2004). Robert Morris (1910-2005): Educator, author, policy analyst and social gerontologist. Social Welfare History Project. Retrieved [date accessed] from