Honoring 100 for the 100th: Nadine Roach

Nadine Roach was born in Lima, Oklahoma. She graduated from Oklahoma City’s Douglass High School in 1941. Her higher education degrees were a bachelor’s degree from Lincoln University in Jefferson City, Missouri, in 1947, and an MSW degree from the University of Oklahoma’s School of Social Work in 1968.

Prior to joining the OU faculty, Ms. Roach had been the branch executive for the Oklahoma City YWCA from 1968 to 1970, and also the coordinator of Neighborhood-Family Service for the Oklahoma City Community Action Program from 1966 through 1967. Earlier in her career she was a relocation management supervisor, and caseworker from 1955 to 1966.

Ms. Roach joined the faculty of the University of Oklahoma’s School of Social Work as an Assistant Professor in 1970.

Professor Roach was recognized especially for her community action and advocacy in social work practice. Following her untimely death in 1980 at age 54, a memorial award (“Nadine’s Prize”) was established to recognize and encourage its recipient to continue a creative synthesis of social work theory with practice. The award carried with it a certificate and cash award.

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