Rutgers School of Social Work is deeply saddened by the loss of faculty member, Bernard Neugeboren. Bernard Neugeboren of Riviera Beach, Florida passed away September 22, 2015 at 90 years old.
Born in Brooklyn, New York in 1924, Bernard ("Bernie") graduated from City College in New York City, obtained his Master’s Degree in Social Work from Case Western Reserve University and his Ph.D. from Brandeis University. In 1967, he began teaching at the Rutgers Graduate School of Social Work in New Brunswick, where he spent his entire academic career until he retired in 2000.
Neugeboren was a long-time faculty member at the School of Social Work for over 30 years. During his time at the School, he was a popular professor, committed mentor, favored director of the Ph.D. program, passionate associate dean for Academic Affairs, and devoted researcher.
Neugeboren had many publications: Human Services: Integration of Micro and Macro Roles, Skills, and Contexts, Organization, Police, and Practice in the Human Services, Environmental Practice in the Human Services, and Psychiatric Clinics: A Typology of Service Patterns. These publications led him to lecture across the United States, Italy, England, and Holland.
In addition, his dedication to social work practice, Neugeboren’s greatest passions were tennis and jazz. An avid fan of both, he saw the greats play on the grass of Forest Hills and in the basements of Greenwich Village.
Neugeboren leaves his wife Ramona, three children - Steven, Fernando and Mariah - and five grandchildren - Ari, Eric, Francesca, Fernando and Lisselle.
Tributes from the School of Social Work
“He was a kind and general soul who was also politically shrewd and witty. He was able, through negotiations in Trenton, to have the MSW with a concentration in Administration and Planning (as it was called then) accepted as a credential for licensing as a nursing home administrator. He was an asset to the School and a beloved mentor and friend.” –Ray Sanchez Mayers, Associate Professor
“I found Bernie to be a cooperative and productive faculty member from the day I entered the School of Social Work until his retirement. In each of his positions he carried out his responsibilities efficiently but also was popular with the students who appreciated his often voluntary efforts to help them achieve their goals. When I resigned as Dean and joined the faculty, Bernie and I became not only colleagues, but friends. Bernie and I had office opposite of each other which led us to consult each other when we had difficult academic problems to solve. For a couple of years, the Dean prior to me, Harold Demone, Bernie, and I went to New York together, where we bought half price tickets for a Broadway show for the Wednesday matinee, and then went out to dinner together. Often Harold and Bernie’s wives would join us. Thus I have memories of Bernie as a delightful associate.” – Paul Glasser, Former Dean
“Bernie was a dear friend and loyal colleague. He was a respected professor and esteemed scholar whose career spanned more than four decades. He loved teaching and continued to teach during the many years he served as Associate Dean. He served the School in this capacity with distinction. I visited with Bernie, his wife Ramona, and their extended family last fall for his 90th birthday party. We shared fond memories of years together at Rutgers. I reminded him of our trip to Waltham to celebrate the 25th anniversary of the Florence Heller School, Brandeis University. Bernie and Ramona recalled our enjoyable weekend trip to Paris just to enjoy the Sunday jazz brunch at Le Meridien. All who knew Bernie’s love of jazz will not be surprised. I am deeply saddened by his passing. Bernie was above all a caring and thoughtful friend to me, and I shall always cherish his memory.” – Mary Davidson, Former Professor and Dean
“Professor Neugeboren or “Neugie,” as was affectionately called by his students and colleagues, was an inspiration and mentor to both. He was an accomplished author, scholar, researcher, and leader in the area of what was then the concentration entitled administration, policy, and planning. He was a fierce advocate for the macro practice of social work. Professor Neugeboren will also be remembered for his humor, wit, and compassion, and deeply missed by all who knew him.” –Bill Waldman, Professor of Professional Practice