George Tippin, MSW ’62

George Tippin (MSW ’62) began his social work career during the era of “deinstitutionalization,” testifying before the U. S. Senate Committee on Long Term Care for the Aged and helping elderly patients at Nebraska’s Hastings State Hospital and Pueblo’s Colorado State Hospital find alternative living arrangements in their own communities. So extensive was his statewide travel that his mileage reimbursement often exceeded his paycheck. After a brief stint as Director at Hastings, Tippin was invited to join the social work faculty at the University of Nebraska, something he found ironic since his application to become an MSW student there had been rejected years earlier! Tippin went on to chair Nebraska’s BA social work program for ten years, help write the state’s social work certification law, serve as president of the state’s NASW chapter and receive the chapter’s Lifetime Achievement Award.