Goodbye, John David!

NASW WV mourns the untimely death of our friend and colleague, John David Smith, MSW, JD, of Athens, WV. John David was an alumni and an academic fixture at Concord University, having served as Chair of the Social Work Department, MSW Program Chair, and in many other leadership capacities for his beloved Alma Mater. Among his many accomplishments in the Social Work profession, John David was appointed in October of 1984 by then Governor Rockefeller as one of the initial members of the WV Board of Social Work Examiners (now WV Board of Social Work). He served the NASW WV Chapter in many roles, among them as Delegate to the 1987 Delegate Assembly, as a Regional Representative to the NASW WV Board of Directors, and as a member of the Blue Ribbon Commission on Social Work in the Public Sector. He received many honors, among them the 1990 Exemplar Award for Excellence in Social Work Management and as Regional Social Worker of the Year in Southern West Virginia. John David served his community and profession on numerous boards, commissions and efforts, including the National and WV Society for Hospital Social Work Directors (now Society for Social Work Leaders in Health Care).

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