Hunter Mourns the Passing of Former Professor George S. Getzel

It is with much sadness we announce that our colleague George S. Getzel passed away on January 7, 2018, after a long illness. George was a long-time faculty member at the Hunter College School of Social Work, now the Silberman School of Social Work.  He began his academic career in 1970, became a professor emeritus in 2002, and retired from teaching in 2009. George touched the lives of thousands of students, social workers and their clients through his teaching and writing, leaving an extraordinary professional legacy.

George was a passionate advocate of the group work method of social work. He was an inspiration to those of us privileged to have known him as a colleague and friend. His dedication to his students and his family was only surpassed by their devotion to him. The work of his social work students and the love of his family and friends will be his lasting legacy.

Contributions in his memory may be made to the fund George established to support Classics majors in need of financial assistance. Please click here and select “George Getzel Family Scholarship” to donate.

The family has not yet made plans for a memorial service, you may offer condolences by writing to:

The Getzel Family
3967 Sedgwick Avenue
Apartment 17B
Bronx, New York 10463

With warm regards,

Jennifer J. Raab
President, Hunter College

Mary M. Cavanaugh
Acting Dean, Silberman School of Social Work