Elizabeth Watkins died March 19 at Westminster Retirement Community, VA.
Dr. Watkins was named among the top ten influential social workers of all time. She trailblazed the alliance of public health with social work, helping to reshape the form and execution of Public Health in the university and in the field. She served on the faculty at Case Western Reserve and University of North Carolina, where she helped establish a dual degree program between Social Work and Public Health. Her consultation was sought by state and public health agencies, federal health programs, schools of public health, and schools of social work.
Charter Member of National Association of Social Workers, Dr. Watkins was the recipient of NASW’s Lifetime Achievement Awarded in Health and Mental Health Practice. The Social Work Section of the American Public Health Association awarded her the 1988 Outstanding Achievement Award. She was the first non-physician President of the Association of Teachers of Maternal and Child Health for which she received the Distinguished Service Award. Dr. Watkins wrote and published materials whose primary focus was making high quality health services available to minority women and children, particularly migrant workers. Her career also included positions in County and Federal agencies.
Elizabeth Watkins was educated at Bryn Mawr College (1944, cum laude), Case Western Reserve (1950, MSSA), and Harvard School of Public Health (1958, Master and, 1966, Doctor of Science of Hygiene).
The family requests you remember Elizabeth with donations in her name to the NASW Memorial and Tribute Fund. A private memorial service for family and close friends will be held May 16 (571-229-7550). Funeral services by Miller Funeral Home, Woodbridge, VA.