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Luther Ellis Woodward

educator , social worker

Luther Ellis Woodward, American educator, social worker.


Woodward, Luther Ellis was born on March 11, 1897 in Walnut, Pennsylvania, United States. Son of Emory Williams and Anna Rebecca (McCahan) Woodward.


Bachelor of Arts, Gettysburg College, 1921, A.M., 1924, Bachelor of Divinity, Gettysburg Theological Seminary, 1924, Doctor of Philosophy., Teachers College, Columbia, 1932, diploma New York School of Social Work, 1938.


Pastor Ascension Lutheran Church, Brooklyn, 1924-1932. Director Life Adjustment Service, Redeemer Lutheran Church, Brooklyn, 1930-1932. Psychiatric social worker bureau of Child Guidance, New York City schools, 1932-1943.

Field director National Committee for Mental Hygiene, social work advisor to National Headquarters, Selective Service System, 1943-1944. Field consultant National Committee for Mental Hygiene, 1944-1948. Senior community mental health representative New York Department Mental Hygiene.

Director parent education research Visiting Nurse Service New York. Advising committee on community service National Institute Mental Health, United States Public Health Service, 1954-1958. Radio program, Inquiring Parent, 1946-1950.

Instructor New York University, summers, 1942, 44, special lecturer graduate school, 1949-1952.


  • Co-author: Mental Health in Modern Society, 1948. Better Ways of Growing Up, 1948. Educating Expectant Parents, published in 1961.

    Contributor monthly article McMadden Publs., 1949-1951, articles on mental hygiene to mags. Editor Journal of Psychiatric Social Work.


Fellow American Orthopsychiat. Association (president 1956). Member American Association Psychiatric Social Workers (vice president), National Committee for Mental Hygiene, American Foundation for Mental Hygiene (member Executive Board), American Association Marriage Counselors, National Council on Family Relations.

Queensborough Council of Social Welfare, Welfare Council of New York City, National Lutheran Welfare Conference (president), Phi Beta Kappa, Tau Kappa Alpha.


Married Harriet Marie Buehler, July 30, 1930. Children: Patricia Ann, David Alan, Laurence Hugh.

Emory Williams Woodward

Anna Rebecca (McCahan) Woodward

Harriet Marie Buehler

Patricia Ann Woodward

David Alan Woodward

Laurence Hugh Woodward