Honoring 100 for the 100th: Mike McCurtain

Upon graduation from the University of Oklahoma with a Master of Social Work Degree in 1965, Mr. McCurtain’s first employment was with Eastfield Children’s Center in Campbell, California, providing treatment services to children and their families. He later became Director of the Day Treatment Program. Wanting to enhance his treatment knowledge and return to the Midwest, in 1969, Mr. McCurtain joined the Children’s Division of The Menninger Foundation in Topeka, Kansas as a clinical social worker. He provided inpatient, outpatient, and day treatment for children and their families. He also provided supervision to graduate social work students and post-master’s social work fellows, a third year program of the Karl Menninger School of Psychiatry & Mental Health Sciences. He served as Director of the Post Master’s Psychiatric Social Work Program from 1978 to 1982. In 1987, Mr. McCurtain became an Associate Member of the Menninger Alumni Association. Also, in 1987 he transferred to the Alcohol Drug Addiction Recovery Program and Professionals in Crisis Programs of the Adult Division where he practiced until his retirement in 2001.

Throughout his social work career, it has been equally important for Mr. McCurtain to participate in volunteer endeavors to enhance his community. In the 1970s he volunteered at the Carriage House, a drop-in center for adolescents and their families. He also was chairman of an endeavor to renovate a local YMCA campground. Beginning in Topeka, he has volunteered for thirty five years with the IRS Volunteer Income Tax Program (VITA). Since returning to Norman in 2005 he has served as a VITA Site Coordinator. He has received several awards for his VITA service including a 2012 OK DHS Volunteer Award. He has served on the OU School of Social Work Board of Visitors and has emeritus board standing. He has also served as Deacon and Elder of the First Presbyterian Church in Norman, and is a Board Member of the Cleveland County Genealogical Society where he is Treasurer.

In 2011, Mr. McCurtain and his wife, Christina Jameson McCurtain, ACSW, also a 1965 OU MSW graduate, at her instigation, established the Eloise Evans McCurtain Endowed Scholarship for single mothers enrolled in the graduate social work program of the Anne and Henry Zarrow School of Social Work. Eloise was a 1953 graduate of the OU School of Social Work. In addition to being a wonderful mother, Eloise was an important mentor to Christina and Mr. McCurtain in their pursuit of an advanced social work degree.

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