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Stanley Remer, '68, MSW, Receives Virginia Lifetime Achievement Award

Posted: May 9, 2017

Stanley Remer, 1968 School of Social Work alumnus, was honored with the Virginia Lifetime Achievement Award by the Virginia National Association of Social Workers at their March 25th annual conference in Williamsburg, VA. Mr. Remer joined NASW in 1967 and has been an active member since then. In a letter of support, Dr. William J. Spitzer, DCSW, wrote, "Mr. Remer has consistently been a colleague to whom others could turn for technical expertise, knowledgeably balanced perspective and professional support."

Mr. Remer was a BSW social work university professor at Washburn University in Topeka, Kans., from 1971-73, and was active with a small group of NASW members in the development of one of the earliest multilevel social work licensure laws, which passed in 1974. That law established a new national trend as, at that time, most legal regulation was in the form of single level licensure, certification, or registration. From 1983-85, he had the opportunity to serve on the Kansas licensure social work advisory board.

Stanley Remer accepting award

Bonita Hogue, MSW, LCSW, President of the Virginia NASW Chapter, with Stanley Remer

He began his career in the Department of Veterans Affairs as a medical social worker and moved through a series of increasing responsibility to reach a medical center senior level care line manager position. In this geriatric care line manager position, he exercised leadership over multiple disciplines, including physicians, nurses and social workers. He has served on many national level social work leadership groups and completed the select VA training program "Leadership VA."

Dr. Spitzer noted in his letter, "A crucial element of Mr. Remer’s professional career has been his noteworthy leadership in professional organizations…. Mr. Remer can always be found actively engaged in leading, teaching or advising colleagues…. His enthusiasm is one of his finest traits."

Mr. Remer has also been active in NASW leadership at the state level in three different states – Indiana, Missouri and Virginia. He served as President of the Missouri Association of Hospital Social Workers, President of the MO-Kan Chapter of the Society of Social Work Leadership in Healthcare, and Chapter President of the Kansas Chapter 1 of the Reserve Officers Association. He was commissioned as a social work officer in the U.S. Army Reserve and rose to the rank of Colonel and Commander of all the Army Reserve Hospitals and medical units in Iowa, Nebraska, Kansas, and southern Missouri.

Now days, Mr. Remer is active in social work as an adjunct professor at a small university where he teaches part-time courses in social work and behavioral sciences. He also serves currently as the President of the Social Work Health Leadership Foundations, which is the fund raising arm of SSWLHC. One of the highlights of his career in health care social work came when the Society for Social Work Leadership in Healthcare honored him in 2013 with the Ida Cannon Award, the association’s most prestigious award.

Congratulations to SSW alumnus, Stanley Remer. He and his wife, Sondra, have generously funded a scholarship in the School of Social Work at MU. Mrs. Remer is a 1968 graduate of the College of Education at MU.