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In Memoriam: Rosemary C. Sarri

Rosemary Conzemius Sarri, professor emerita of social work and social research at the University of Michigan, passed away on Monday, July 25, 2022. Inducted in 2010, Dr. Sarri was an inaugural member of the AASWSW Fellows.

Dr. Sarri dedicated her career to research focused on the impact of social policy on children, youth and families, along with work in the justice system. She collaborated with universities globally to develop social work and social work education, including in Ethiopia, Hong Kong, Hungary, Korea, Australia, and the Philippines.

Early in her career, she was recognized as one of the few women leading quantitative social work research and continued to be a tireless advocate for women’s education and for women in academia. She also launched her own Fellowship at the University of Michigan to support low-income students pursuing graduate or postdoctoral education at the university.

Throughout her career, Dr. Sarri served as an officer in NASW and CSWE, as well as earned numerous awards and special appointments from state and national government entities, private organizations, and peer institutions. These prestigious awards included, Michigan Social Worker of the Year, Gerald K. Smith Humanitarian Award, Council on Social Work Education’s Significant Lifetime Achievement Award, to name a few. Further information on Dr. Sarri’s life and career can be found here on the University of Michigan’s website and in her obituary.

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