School of Social Welfare Professor
Emeritus Burt Gummer, 66, a nationally recognized
scholar on social welfare administration, passed
away June 30. Gummer, who retired in 2002 after
25 years of dedicated service as a faculty member,
once chaired the undergraduate program and the
Born in Pittsburgh, Pa., May 15,
1938, Gummer earned a bachelor’s degree in political
science from the University of Pittsburgh in 1960,
a master’s in social work from the University
of Pennsylvania in 1965, and a doctoral degree
from Bryn Mawr College in Pennsylvania in 1973.
After starting his career as a social
worker in Pennsylvania, Gummer taught at Smith
College, Temple University, Lakehead University
in Canada, and Washington University in St. Louis
before joining the University at Albany faculty.
He was a member of and a volunteer
for the National Association of Social Workers,
as well as the Academy of Certified Social Workers.
Gummer was the author of many books,
including The Politics of
Social Administration (Prentice Hall, 1990).
He also published numerous articles on social
service organizations and administrative social
work. His “Notes from the Management Literature”
was a regular feature of Administration
in Social Work, of which he was an associate
He is survived by a daughter and
two sons, and several grandchildren. A memorial
service was held on August 2, 2004 on the UAlbany Campus.
Donations may be made to the United Jewish Federation
of Northeastern New York, 800 New Loudon Road,
Latham, N.Y., 12110.