On Wednesday, Nov. 3, at 4:30 p.m., Dean Darlyne Bailey of the Graduate School of Social Work and Social Research will host a gathering in Wyndham to honor three long-serving members of the Bryn Mawr community who are entering various degrees of retirement. Marcia Martin, Ph.D ’82, Nancy Kirby, M.S.S. ’65, and Paula Dubin have a combined service record of 90 years to the school.
Dubin retired in late August after 24 years of service at the GSSWSR. Although she worked briefly for the School’s continuing-education program (now the Center for Professional Development), she spent most of her work hours as a secretary in the Admissions Office, where she smoothed the path to social-work education for several generations of students. “Paula was the first point of contact for many students before they even set foot in the door,” says GSSWSR Assistant to the Dean and Administrative Director Diane Craw. Colleagues and students will miss Dubin’s helpful presence as well as her dry wit.
Kirby, a graduate of Bennett College for Women, joined the Bryn Mawr community in 1979 when she was hired as the field faculty for the Maternal and Child Health grant program. She later became assistant dean and director of admissions in 1982. Throughout her career, Kirby has served on a number of boards, including The Dowdy Foundation, The Valentine Foundation, the Spectrum Health Services, the Black Women in Sports Foundation, and The Inglis Foundation (which recently honored her with its Gold Coin award). Kirby will work to enhance alumnae/i
relationships at the GSSWSR one day a week and will continue to serve at the Valentine and Dowdy Foundations.
Martin, the GSSWSR’s former associate dean, came to Bryn Mawr in 1976 as a doctoral student. She became a field liaison and began teaching for the school in 1979. Martin became the director of field instruction in 1982 and was appointed associate dean in the late 1980s. She became co-dean with Raymond Albert in 2002 following the retirement of Ruth Mayden. In addition, Martin is a consultant for the Pennsylvania Child Welfare Training Program run by the University of Pittsburgh, where she is presently developing a child advocacy program. Martin will continue to teach Human Behavior in the Social Environment along with clinical Social Work.
Bailey says of the retirees, “All the alumnae that I’ve met feel indebted to this School. They feel they joined a community that supported them in their most formative years. I am certain that Nancy, Marcia, and Paula played a major role in that.”