NASW Pioneers Biography Index

The National Association of Social Workers Foundation is pleased to present the NASW Social Work Pioneers®. NASW Pioneers are social workers who have explored new territories and built outposts for human services on many frontiers. Some are well known, while others are less famous outside their immediate colleagues, and the region where they live and work. But each one has made an important contribution to the social work profession, and to social policies through service, teaching, writing, research, program development, administration, or legislation.

The NASW Pioneers have paved the way for thousands of other social workers to contribute to the betterment of the human condition; and they are are role models for future generations of social workers. The NASW Foundation has made every effort to provide accurate Pioneer biographies.  Please contact us at to provide missing information, or to correct inaccurate information. It is very important to us to correctly tell these important stories and preserve our history.  

Please note, an asterisk attached to a name reflects Pioneers who have passed away. All NASW Social Work Pioneers® Bios are Copyright © 2021 National Association of Social Workers Foundation. All Rights Reserved.

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Beryl Carter Rice*

Beryl Carter Rice was a retired professor of Social Work who worked as a field work consultant on a part-time basis with Howard University, School of Social Work, and as an adjunct Professor for the University of the District of Columbia, Social Work Program. She taught at the University of Michigan, the University of the District of Columbia, and at Howard University’s Medical School. She served in some volunteer capacity throughout her career with organizations that utilized her experience and knowledge as a teacher, a clinical social worker, group therapist, program specialist, and consultant.

Dr. Rice was active in her professional associations. She served as a Reviewer of Credentials for the Diplomate in Clinical Social Work, and was a member of the Committee on Clinical Social Work of NASW. On the local level, she was the Project Director for the Emeritus Social Workers Program of the Metropolitan Chapter of NASW and the Emeritus Foundation. She was a member of the Council on Social Work Education (CSWE) and a member of the American Group Psychotherapy Association. She was selected Social Worker of the Year in 1995 by the Metropolitan Chapter of NASW.

Her experience in the field of social work includes clinical practice with the mentally ill and their families, and youth gangs; community organizing; supervision of mental health practitioners, including the interdisciplinary leadership of therapeutic groups; and the educational preparation of social work students. Over the years, Dr. Rice continued to offer faithful, conscientious and valuable services to our profession. She developed a program called "Work It Out/Talk It Out." It is a program to help teens deal with anger. The project focused on helping elementary and middle school aged children manage their anger and other strong feelings in more constructive ways.

The organizations with which she was associated as a volunteer were: YWCA, where she served as a Regional Vice-President of the National Board, as well as on the Board Committee of Financial Development, Public Policy, Volunteer Leadership and Nomination and the Retirement Task Force; the Southwest Neighborhood Assembly, the Civic Association for Southwest Washington, D.C. of which she was the president (1995-1997); the YWCA of the National Capital Area where she was a member of the Steering Committee for the 90th Birthday Celebration, and the revived Membership Committee in 1996, where she served as its President from 1980-1983.

A recipient of numerous community service awards, Dr. Rice received the Father Norman A. Haddad Community Service Award in June 1997 in recognition of her dedicated service to the Southwest Community over the years. She earned a Masters of Science Degree from Columbia University, School of Social Work, and a Doctorate from Catholic University of American School of Social Service. Sincerely, quietly, modestly, and with grace, and dignity, Dr. Rice demonstrated her love and deep interest in improving conditions of life for others and for the advancement of the social work profession. Her commitment to social work is unquestionable as illustrated by her outstanding social work career.

NASW Social Work Pioneer – 1997

Newly Inducted NASW Social Work Pioneer Hortense McClinton 2015

Nominate A New NASW Pioneer

Please note, Pioneer nominations made between today’s date through March 31, 2023, will not be reviewed until spring 2023.

Completed NASW Pioneer nominations can be submitted throughout the year and are reviewed at the June Pioneer Steering Committee Meeting. To be considered at the June meeting, submit your nomination package by March 31. To learn more, visit our Pioneer nomination guidelines.

New Pioneers 

Congratulations newly elected Pioneers!  Pioneers will be inducted at the 2023  Annual Program and Luncheon. Full biographies and event details coming soon.