Resolution J142-2013

Mourning the death of Dr. James R. Dumpson, a pioneer in social work, social health and social justice



  • Jan 15, 2013: ADOPTED
  • Jan 11, 2013: REFERRED TO FINANCE


LEGISLATIVE  RESOLUTION  mourning  the  death of Dr. James R. Dumpson, a
pioneer in social work, social health and social justice

WHEREAS, It is the custom of this Legislative Body  to  pay  tribute  to
citizens  of  the  State  of  New York whose lifework and civic endeavor
served to enhance the quality of life in their communities and the great
State of New York; and
  WHEREAS, Dr. James Dumpson of New York City died on  Monday,  November
5, 2012, at the age of 103; and
  WHEREAS,  James  Dumpson  was  born on April 5, 1909, in Philadelphia,
Pennsylvania; he was the first of five children born to James and  Edyth
Dumpson;  he  was  raised  in  Philadelphia where he attended The Quaker
School, Octavius Catto and West Philadelphia High School for Boys; and
  WHEREAS, In 1932, James Dumpson graduated from Cheyney  Normal  School
(College)  before  going  on  to  Temple University and earning graduate
degrees from other universities around the world; he was considered  one
of the oldest living graduates of Cheyney University; and
  WHEREAS,  Dr.  James Dumpson's career in the health and human services
as a public servant, educator, administrator, social activist, advocate,
humanitarian and scholar spanned for  more  than  half  a  century;  his
influence on public policy development for the health and human services
has  been felt across many policy domains at the international, national
and local level; and
  WHEREAS, Dr. James Dumpson began his career as a  caseworker  for  the
Philadelphia  Department  of Public Welfare; he moved to New York in the
late 1930s where he served the City for more than 60 years; and
  WHEREAS, Obtaining a number of history-making achievements  throughout
his  lengthy  career,  Dr.  James  Dumpson  served as the United Nations
advisor/chief of training in social welfare to the government of  Pakis-
tan  from  1953-1954;  in 1959, he was named Commissioner of Welfare for
the City of New York, becoming the only African American welfare commis-
sioner in the United States; and
  WHEREAS, In 1963, President John F. Kennedy appointed Dr. James  Dump-
son to the Commission on Narcotics and Drug Abuse; in 1976, he was named
Dean  of  Fordham University's School of Social Work, becoming the first
black dean of a nonblack school of social work; Fordham University later
named an endowed academic chair in his honor; and
  WHEREAS, An advocate and defender of the poor, Dr. James  Dumpson  was
the  recipient  of  numerous  awards, including: the New York City Black
Agency Executives Lifetime Achievement Award; the New York City  Chapter
National  Association  of  Social Workers Lifetime Achievement Award and
the State Of New York Legislative Resolution "Spirit of Life" Award;  in
2009,  the New York City Department of Human Service dedicated and named
its conference hall, the "Dr. James R. Dumpson Conference Hall"; and
  WHEREAS, Dr. James Dumpson distinguished himself in his profession and
by his sincere dedication and substantial contribution to the welfare of
his community; and
  WHEREAS, Dr. James Dumpson's commitment to excellence, and his  spirit
of humanity, carried over into all fields of enterprise, including char-
itable and civic endeavors; and
  WHEREAS,  Dr. James Dumpson is survived by his wife, Goldie, daughter,
Jeree, brother, Reverend Roland Dumpson, and his sister, Doris D.  Grun-
dy; and
  WHEREAS, Armed with a humanistic spirit and imbued  with  a  sense  of
compassion,  Dr.  James  Dumpson  leaves behind a legacy which will long
endure the passage of lime and will remain as a comforting memory to all
he served and befriended; now, therefore, be it

  RESOLVED, That this Legislative Body pause  in  its  deliberations  to
mourn  the  death  of  Dr.  James  R. Dumpson, a pioneer in social work,
social health and social justice; and be it further
  RESOLVED, That a copy of this Resolution, suitably engrossed, be tran-
smitted to the family of Dr. James Dumpson.


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