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Daniel E. O’Keefe, Ph. D. (1914 – 1971) pioneered several areas of the social work profession, including within the United States military, National Institute of Mental Health, and the University of Houston Graduate School of Social Work. Born in Portsmouth, Ohio, O’Keefe earned a bachelor’s of science degree from the University of Dayton, and from Catholic University of America, a master’s of science in social work. He worked both with the Catholic Guidance Clinic in Cincinnati, Ohio and then with the Loyola University School of Social Work. The US Public Health Service Hospital in Lexington, KY—a hospital for drug addicts and general psychiatric patients—named O’Keefe director in 1940 (NASW, 2004). After the United States entered World War II,
Six enlisted men who were professionally qualified psychiatric social workers were assigned to the newly formed Mental Hygiene Consultation Service at Ft. Monmouth, New Jersey. This event was the first time that military personnel who were professionally trained social workers were assigned and utilized as psychiatric social workers in a mil…