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Arthur Whittlesey Towne

Arthur Whittlesey Towne, American social worker. Member, one of organizers Committee for Alcoholics,; Member Phi Kappa Psi.


  • Towne, Arthur Whittlesey was born on March 13, 1878 in Springfield, Massachusetts, United States. Son of John and Corena L. (Thomas) Towne.

  • Education

    • Bachelor of Science, Amherst, 1901. Bachelor of Arts, Harvard, 1902.


    • Superintendent Syracuse (New York) Boys’ Club, 1903-1907. Secretary Syracuse Associate Charities, 1904-1907. Secretary New York State Probation Commission, 1907-1913.

      Superintendent Brooklyn Society for Prevention of Cruelty to Children, 1913-1922. Director Joint Committee on Methods of Preventing Delinquency (Commonwealth Fund), 1922-1923. Secretary Milbank Fund Health Demonstration, since 1924.

      Executive secretary Onondaga Health Association, 1924-1947, consultant, 1947-1954.


    Denomination: Unitarian


    Member, one of organizers Committee for Alcoholics. Member Phi Kappa Psi.


    • Married Bertha Vilas Knapp, of Essex, New York, July 26, 1905 (died 1934). Married second, Rose Kermode, of Syracuse, May 29, 1936.
    • father: John Towne
    • mother: Corena L. (Thomas) Towne
    • spouses: Bertha Vilas Knapp
    • Rose Kermode
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    Died July 19, 1954
    (aged 76)