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Russell Ward Ballard

social worker.

Russell Ward Ballard, American social worker. Recipient Thomas and Eleanor Wright Achievement award Chicago Commision on Human Rights, 1960; Jane Addams medal National Federation Settlements, 1962; Distinguished Service award University Illinois Alumni Association, 1979.


Ballard, Russell Ward was born on November 25, 1893 in Donnellson, Illinois, United States. Son of Elbert Suveyor and Mary (Lee) Ballard.


Bachelor of Philosophy Chicago, 1922, postgraduate, 1922-1924.


Teacher, 1921-1924; director community recreation, 1924-1925. Principal elementary school, 1925-1936. County director public welfare, 1936-1941.

Superintendent Illinois State Training School for Delinquent Boys, 1941-1943. Director Hull House, 1943-1962. Part-time teacher Roosevelt University, Chicago, 1962-1970.

Director community relations Midway Technology Institute, Chicago, 1965-1970. Board of directors Kobe College, Operation ABLE.


Righteousness is a demand of God. It can be received only through faith in God.


All human life is sacred and created by God and therefore, we must see all human life as significant and valuable. When governments implement the death penalty, then the life of the convicted person is devalued and all possibility of change in that person’s life ends.


Church members should meet regularly in order to be accountable to each other about how each person was living the Christian life.


Served as captain, infantry United States Army, 1917-1918. Member National Federation Settlements, National Conference Social Welfare, United States Association of United Nations, Japan-American Society (director), National Association Social Workers. Phi Delta Kappa, Kappa Sigma.


Married Ethel Horn, September 1, 1921. Children: John Horn, William Lee.

Elbert Suveyor Ballard

Mary (Lee) Ballard

Ethel Horn

John Horn Ballard

William Lee Ballard