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Eileen Blackey Dead at 77

Dr. Eileen A. Blackey, a retired government social worker and college dean who was instrumental in organizing the Paul Baerwald School of Social Work at Hebrew University in Jerusalem, died Sept. 18 at age 77 in Pinehurst, N.C.

Blackey, a native of Blackpool, England, received a master’s degree in social work at Smith College and doctorate at Western Reserve University She went to Israel in 1957 and began a five-year project organizing the Baetwald School. She served as the school’s first dean.

In an interview in 1963 after leaving Israel, Blackey said that Israel “faced major problems in the reception and absorption of the tremendous number of immigrants and an economy that is changing from an agricultural to an industrial one.” Industrialization of Israel, she said, “gives rise to the problems America developed when that happened–adult crime, juvenile delinquency and vocation rehabilitation.”

There will be no Bulletin dated Oct. 8 due to Columbus Day, a postal holiday.