NASW Foundation National Programs
NASW Social Work Pioneers®
Lewis W. Carr
Dr. Carr pioneered social work research in the Veterans Administration (VA). He was the first doctoral research worker employed by the VA. He served 1961-63 at the VA Hospital in Houston, Texas, with a joint appointment as assistant professor, College of Medicine Baylor University. In 1963, he became Director, Social Work Research, VA Central Office where he initiated and directed a system-wide program of social work research.
His career led to the academic halls of the School of Social Work, Howard University,
where he served as Chairman, Research Area (1966-91), and from 1985-91 as director of
the School's doctoral program. He was selected as a Carnegie Mellon Fellow
Between 1970-91, Dr. Carr also served as visiting professor and adjunct professor in social work research and advisor to the doctoral program at the School of Social Service, The Catholic University of America.
During his career, Dr. Carr had 13 articles published in professional journals. He was a member of NASW's Committee for the Development and Assessment of Competence for eight years. He subsequently was appointed the first chairman of NASW's Competence Certification Board from 1971 to 1974. He held a number of NASW Chapter leadership positions in Houston, Texas and Washington, D.C. As Chapter Vice President in 1968 he co-led the Washington, D.C. Metro Chapter participation in the Poor Peoples Campaign, Solidarity Day, June 18, 1968.
Dr. Carr received his Bachelor of Social Science degree from the City College of New York in 1951, his MSW in 1957 and his DSW in 1961 from Washington University, St. Louis, Missouri. He served 4 1/2 years in the United States Air Force, 1951 to 1955, as a flight navigator officer in the Strategic Air Command of the United States Air Force.
Social Work Pioneer - 1997