The Knee Center for Strong Families

Ruth Irelan Knee's Legacy

     Ruth Knee was a national leader in the field of social work. Among her innumerable achievements, Ruth played an integral role in organizations such as the National Association of Social Workers and their Social Work Pioneers Program; helped in the drafting of Medicaid and Medicare legislation and the implementation of the Community Mental Health Act; and was appointed to the President's Commission on Mental Health. Ruth also created the first social work program for the United States military at Walter Reed Army Hospital in Washington, D.C.

     Ruth accomplished much in her lifetime and hoped to continue her legacy even after her death. Ruth left an endowment to the Anne and Henry Zarrow School of Social Work with the wishes that the gift be utilized in improving the quality of systems and programs that serve communities and families in Oklahoma and elsewhere.