The Howard University School of Social Work family honors the life of Dr. Ruby Gourdine, long-time faculty member, beloved professor, and social work pioneer.
The Howard University family is saddened to announce the passing of Dr. Ruby M. Gourdine, professor of social work and National Association of Social Work Pioneer. Dr. Gourdine was an extraordinary member of the faculty, serving almost 30 years (1992-2022).
On March 25th, 2022, HUSSW hosted a Memorial Tribute event in honor of Dr. Gourdine's legacy of social work and scholarship. A recording of the event can now be found on Youtube by clicking this link.
The Social Work Endowed Lectureship Fund
To support Dr. Gourdine's legacy, please use this link to make a donation in her honor. Please designate as Other - Social Work Endowed Lectureship Fund E300144-FD204. We will also accept monetary donations for the fund that will sponsor an annual Black Perspective lecture. This fund is also open for donations in honor of other faculty members.
On Friday, February 25th, faculty, staff, alumni, and friends of the late Dr. Ruby M. Gourdine gathered at her place of worship; Metropolitan AME Church, located at 1518 M St NW, Washington, DC 20005 for the viewing at 10:00 a.m., followed by a celebration of her life at 11:00 a.m. The service was handled by McQuire Funeral Service in Washington, DC. The service was open to all. The family has asked that in lieu of flowers, donations be made to the School of Social Work or The Metropolitan AME Social Justice Fund. For those wishing to donate to the School of Social Work, please use the this link and designate In Memory of Dr. Ruby Gourdine.
On Friday, March 25th, at 3:00 p.m., the Howard University School of Social Work hosted a special program celebrating her legacy and contributions to social work in our auditorium.