Margaret Schutz Gordon made lasting contributions to the KU School of Social Welfare during her career as well as post-retirement.. She was the Director of the Field Education Office from 1970-83. Following her retirement, she sponsored an annual lecture for field instructors, liaisons, and professional colleagues. The "Margo" lecture brought many notable social work scholars to campus, including Brene Brown, author of "Daring Greatly," Gary Bailey, MSW, ACSW, Professor of Practice at Simmons College School of Social Work and at the Simmons School of Nursing and Health Sciences, and many others.
Said Alice Lieberman, Chancellor's Club Professor of Teaching at the School, "Margo's generous contribution to the School, in the form of ongoing funding for the Margo Lecture, has enabled the School to offer the community opportunities for continuing professional education to all. The lecture has now become a grand tradition, an occasion for social workers across the state to gather and to celebrate our accomplishments. This School leads the state and the region in the development of a great social work workforce, and contributions like Margo's are the reason we are able to continue to do so."
Professor Gordon was also active in the community and recognized as a Distinguished Alumna by the George Warren Brown School of Social Work, and as an outstanding faculty member here at the KUSSW. Margaret was a cherished member of our community whose career and interests span the rich history of our School. We send condolences to her family, who have requested that memorials in her honor be directed to the Douglas County Senior Service, the First Methodist Church, Lawrence, Kansas or the charity of your choice.