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gerontologist , Social worker

Frederick Joseph Ferris, American gerontologist, social worker. Recipient Lasker Doctoral fellowship Columbia University, 1957-1958, President's Centennial medal Catholic University of America, 1988, Outstanding Citizenship award Albany County League of Women Voters, 1942.


Ferris, Frederick Joseph was born on June 2, 1920 in Troy, New York, United States. Son of John and Amelia (Deeb) Ferris.


Bachelor cum laude, State University of New York, Albany, 1942. Master of Science, Columbia University, 1949. Doctor of Social Work, Columbia University, 1968.


Head social studies department Heatly High School, Green Island, New York, 1946-1947. Secretary information service Greater New York Fund, New York City, 1949-1951. Executive secretary N. Metropolitan division United Community Services, Boston, 1951-1953, member research division committee, 1953-1957.

Director community organization, assistant professor Boston College School Social Work, 1953-1957. Dean, professor National Catholic School Social Service Catholic University American, Washington, 1960-1969, member advisory committee Gerontology Conference, 1985-1991. With AARP-National Retired Teachers Association, coordinator White House Conference on Aging, 1970-1972.

Director planning and research department and administrator Andrus Foundation, 1970-1986. Advisory associate professor Fordham University School Social Service, 1957-1960. Lecturer Adelphi University, Rutgers University, 1959-1960.

Social planning consultant American Foundation for Blind, 1958-1959. Proposal reviewer National Science Foundation. Consultant Institute Community Studies, United Way American, 1970, Psychiatric Institute Foundation.

Delegate White House Conference on Aging, 1971, resource person, 1981. Technical review panel National Council on Aging. Member commission on services to aging Archdiocese of Washington, 1971-1976.

Vice chairman Joint Legislation Committee, Boston, 1954-1957. Captain United States Army, 1942-1946, maj United States Army Reserve.


  • Other Work

    • Book reviewer Social Thought.


Member executive committee National Volunteer Organizations for Indiana Living for the Aging, 1972—1974, 1977—1982. Member commission on aging Catholic Charities United States of America, from 1972, chairman, 1978—1984. Board directors Social Service Exchange, Boston, 1955—1957, Child Welfare League American, 1966—1970, Catholic International Union Social Service, 1967—1972, Christ Child Society, Washington, 1967—1973.

Treasurer, board directors National Conference Catholic Charities, Archdiocese of Washington, 1976—1983. Chairman Washington committee 13th International Conference Schools Social Work, 1965—1966. Active Montgomer County Commission Aging, 1987—1993, member public policy committee, 1st & 2d vice chairman, 1988—1992, member executive committee, planning committee, chairman, 1992—1993, nominating committee, chairman economic security committee, 1988—1990.

Member American Task Force for Lebanon. Board directors Montgomery County Department Social Services, 1994—2001. Member parish council Church of the Annuciation, Washintton, 1968—1970, chair church and community committee, chair task force on self-study, chair nominating committee, member nominating committee, member task force self study.

Member National Association Social Workers (chapter treasurer 1956-1957, task force on services to aging 1973-1975), Massachusetts Conference Social Work (director, chairman nominating committee 1956-1957), Alumni Association Columbia University School Social Work (chapter chairman 1954-1955, director 1956-1959), United Comty. Funds and Councils American (national advisory committee health and welfare services 1955-1957, council planning executives 1957-1959), National Association Hearing and Speech Agency (national training advisory committee 1963-1970), Academy Certified Social Workers, Council Social Work Education (deans advisory committee federal welfare agencies 1962-1964, 66-68, house of deals 1977-1986, advisory board gerontological content in social work education 1983-1986), Southern Gerontological Society (director 1981-1986), American Society on Aging, Association Gerontology in Higher Education (committee interorganizational relations, program committee, Distinguished Service Recognition award 1995), Gerontological Society, John Carroll Society, University Club Washington.


Married Ellen J. Walsh, June 12, 1965.

John Ferris

Amelia (Deeb) Ferris

Ellen J. Walsh