Honoring 100 for the 100th: Robert Culp

Robert Culp, D.Ed., was the Director of the University of Oklahoma’s School of Social Work from 1969 through 1973. He receive the D.Ed. From the University of Michigan. During his tenure, Dr. Culp initiated major reorganization of the School. He chaired a series of meetings with social work practitioners and state leaders, wherein he identified distinctive characteristics of Oklahoma, recognizing it as a “developing state” composed of “frontier communities in transition.” The School made a commitment to further develop the special focus on American Indians. As a result, two models of specialization for professional practice—Interpersonal & Societal—were conceptualized and implemented. Additional faculty positions were added to strengthen the program. Upon his departure from the School, Dr. Culp was credited with “promoting an environment favorable to a variety of leadership styles.”

After 1973, Dr. Culp took a second career as a counselor and consultant to the Luther Church, Missouri Synod, including a term as Director of the Lutheran Social Services of Texas. Because of his far reaching reputation as a skilled counselor, he was asked to provide counsel to those affected by the Oklahoma City bombing in 1995.

In 1994, Lutheran Child and Family Services of Illinois awarded him its Lifetime Achievement Award at age 70. Dr. Culp and his wife retired and returned to Tallahassee, Florida to join his two daughters and their families in his retirement. Dr. Culp and his wife Sylvia were active members of the Lutheran Church and the Tallahassee Senior Citizen Center.

Dr. Culp passed away in 2008 at Tallahassee.

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