In Memory of Geraldine (Gerry) Aronin

In Memory of Geraldine Aronin A Project of Tributes - Honor and Memorial Gifts

Gealdine (Gerry) Aronin '65 had an amazing career of leadership in social services and social justice movements. Just a bit of this is summarized in this excerpt from the description of Gerry that was created for the 50th Anniversary events, as Gerry was one of the School's 50 Heros for Justice.

Gerry was the first Director of Community Services in the Baltimore City Department of Social Services. There, she created the Emergency Services Program and directed a new federal demonstration program, "The Family Living Program" which was designed to help families on welfare to achieve independence.

In 1971 Gerry was chosen as the Director of Program Planning and Evaluation in Maryland's new DHR. By 1981 she was appointed DHR Deputy Secretary. Even in retirement she was a leader and tireless advocate. She served on the Maryland Board of Regents, the Board of the Women's Law Center, and as the legislative affairs officer for NASW-MD. She constantly looked for opportunities to find ways to assist those less fortunate.

How Can You Help?

Gifts given in Gerry's memory will support the General Scholarship Fund, with an option to name a fund in the future. Scholarships are awarded to students based on need and merit each year. With your support of scholarship programs as a tribute to Gerry, UM SSW can continue to attract and enroll a diverse group of great students.

Supported by 2 Donations:

  • David F.
    With terrific memories of Gerry and her contributions to the School.
  • Richard B.
    I Gave $250
    Gerry was a peerless social worker who shaped the public welfare field and showed great passion and skill fighting for those less fortunate than she.