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Daniel Thursz (1929 - 2000)
Daniel Thursz was born in Morocco and moved to the United States with his family in 1941. Throughout his professional life he displayed a high quality of social work leadership in the fields of higher education, social work practice, and government and private voluntary organizations. In the 1950s, he received a bachelor's degree in political science from Queens College in New York as well as master's and docorate degrees in social work, both from Catholic University. He served in the Army during the Korean War. He was a program directorr at the DC Jewish Community Center and worked at B'nai B'rith until the early 1960's.
At the time of his death he was a social work professor at Catholic University and directed its Center on Global Aging. From 1966 to 1976 he was Dean of the University of Maryland School of Social Work. The next ten years were spent as the Executive Vice President of Binai Brith International. In the 1980's and 1990's he was on various councils on aging , among them the White House Conference on Aging's Policy Committee, and he served as chairman of the Leadership Council on Aging Organizations. Freom 1988 to 1995 he served with the National Council on Aging and was named president emeritus. He was also past president of the International Federation on Aging. He also served as Secretariat of the Generations United, a coalition of over 80 national organizations concerned with intergenerational work.