In Memoriam

SSA has recently learned of the death of Eleanor Parkhurst, EX ’39, of Chelmsford, MA. She died at the age of 90 on June 18, 2000. Later in life, she was the Editor of the Chelmsford Newsweekly of North Chelmsford, MA.

SSA has recently learned of the death of Lila Kubly Dibble, EX ’41, age 96, who passed away on July 3, 2015. She had worked as a homemaker supervisor for Family Service of Racine, WI.

Elizabeth MacLeod Scattergood, AM ‘47, died January 17 in Kennett Square, PA. A longtime resident of Germantown, PA., she was 98. She was a licensed social worker, specializing in children, for many years before retiring in the early 1980s. Early on, she was employed as a social worker at the Family Services Bureau in Chicago. She joined the American Elizabeth MacLeod ScattergoodFriends Service Committee and went to Ludwigshafen, West Germany in 1950, where she directed a neighborhood center as part of the post-World War II relief effort. She transferred to Darmstadt to become administrative assistant to the Head of Germany Mission. It was there she met Roger Scattergood, whom she married in 1958. In 1955, she joined the then-new Eastern Pennsylvania Psychiatric Institute as a social work supervisor, later becoming head of the institute’s department of social services for children. She collaborated with Henri Parens on the 1977 book, Aggression in Our Children. The pair taught parenting skills to groups of new mothers, an effort that resulted in a curriculum for which Scattergood wrote the lesson plans.

Janet L. KohrmanJanet L. Kohrman (nee Geiger), AB ’40, AM ’49, of Chicago, IL passed away on March 14, 2016. She was 97. She provided psychotherapy as a Licensed Clinical Social Worker, most recently in private practice. She also worked at Michael Reese Hospital and at Chicago’s Juvenile Protective Association (JPA). Janet was a lecturer and administrator at SSA. She led students as a field instructor from 1975-78. She was also instrumental to SSA’s The Excellence in Field Education Committee as she was devoted to the advancement of social work and social workers. Janet was an early supporter of the Institute for Clinical Social Work (ICSW) and the National Association of Social Workers (NASW). “Janet brought an energy of mind and an authority of experience to her teaching and practice that we seldom find in our time, and I call upon her as an exemplar as I introduce students to the profession,” said William Borden, Senior Lecturer.

Charlotte Hilarides Lettermon, AM ’51, age 90, a resident of West Olive, MI, died February 14. She worked for the state of Wisconsin as a Social Worker in Children’s Services, before retiring in 2001. Her husband, Harrison Dean Lettermon, AM ’51, age 90, passed away November 16, 2013. Lettermon proudly served his country in the US Army during World War II and is remembered by many families for his assistance in their adoption journeys.

Ida M. Pion Kain, EX ’60, of Valparaiso, IN, died February 20, at the age 88. She received her bachelor’s degree in psychology from Indiana University and her Advanced Certificate in Social Ida M. PionWork at SSA. She was a clinical psychiatric worker and had worked at Beatty Memorial Hospital in Westville, IN; Southlake Mental Health, Merrillville, IN as a case worker for 15 years, and was a clinical social worker for the Gary Community School Corporation from 1959-1966. She was also a professor of social work at Valparaiso University from 1967 until 1977. She was a field graduate supervisor for Loyola University Chicago for which she received an award for her 15 years of service, and had her private practice in family and marriage counseling up until 2014. Kain joined the National Association Social Workers in 1955; a member of the Chicago Association for Psychoanalytic Psychology; and was active with the Porter County Mental Health Association. She was appointed by President Lyndon B. Johnson to initiate the Head Start Program in Porter County, IN.

Glenn Shelton KeyGlenn Shelton Key, AM ’64, died on February 17, 2016. He was 94. One of his field placements while at SSA was at Children’s Memorial Hospital (now the Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children’s Hospital of Chicago). This led to a full-time job where Key advanced and eventually retired as Director of Social Work. Key taught “Intervention in Child Abuse and Child Neglect” in 1969 for SSA’s Summer Institute Program (the predecessor of the Professional Development Program). He was the editor of Delivery of Social Work Services in Pediatric Hospitals. [University of Chicago Press, 1971] He volunteered to serve as a medic in the Navy during WWII and was aboard the lead command landing ship tank to storm Omaha Beach during the amphibious assault on Normandy, France. Chicago Alderman Edward Burke presented a City Council resolution to Key which officially recognized May 28, 2014 as Glenn Shelton Key Day throughout Chicago.

Mariann “Maggie” Gibbs, AM ’81, passed away on April 13, 2016. During her 30 year career as a Licensed Clinical Social Worker, she taught at SSA as a Lecturer from 2002-2009. Her Mariann "Maggie" Gibbscourses included ChildhoodDevelopment and Family Systems Approaches to Practice. She continued to teach a clinical case seminar at SSA and act as the liaison between students and their supervisors from 2009 to the present. She had also taught as a part-time lecturer at the Erickson Institute and at Loyola University Chicago. As a clinician, she had her own practice from 1984 to the present. She also worked at Cathedral Counseling, the Fillmore Center, Christopher House, and Riveredge Hospital working directly with children, families, couples, and individual adults. At the Juvenile Protective Association, she coordinated a child abuse prevention program for at-risk, new parents. She was a member of the NASW, a member and newsletter editor for the Illinois Association for Clinical Social Work, and a volunteer for the Crossroads Foundation, where she was President of the Board from 1994-95. She completed a certificate in Psychotherapy through a Michael Reese Fellowship in 1984. She was a deeply respected social work clinician, mentor, teacher, and colleague throughout her career. Fellow alumna and colleague Karen Teigiser, AM ’71, said of Maggie, “she modeled excellence in social work throughout her life...in practice and in teaching it to others.”

Kyungshin Park McNally, AM ’90, of Edina, Minnesota, died on February 27, 2013 at the age of 48. She was a child protection social worker with Hennepin County, Minnesota.