Alexander Hersh, Social Work

Alexander Hersh, SW’53, GrS’67, a Penn associate professor emeritus in the School of Social Work (now known as the School of Social Policy and Practice), died on October 1. He was 91 years old.

Dr. Hersh was born in Minneapolis, Minnesota, and earned his BA from University of Minnesota in 1950. He earned his master’s and doctoral degrees in social work from Penn in 1953 and 1967, respectively.

Dr. Hersh was an avid advocate for people with disabilities throughout his career. Before coming to Penn, he held positions at Woods School in Langhorne, Pennsylvania; Abington Memorial Hospital Mental Health Clinic; and Elwyn Institute, from 1965-1968.

He joined Penn as an assistant professor in the School of Social Work in 1968 and became associate professor in 1974. He retired in 1990 and became associate professor emeritus in 1992.

He is survived by his wife of 60 years, Phyllis; his daughters, Elizabeth and Shari; and his grandchildren, Emma and Zack Goldman-Hersh and Bella Didd Robinson.

A memorial service will be held on October 22 at 3 p.m., at Cathedral Village, 600 E. Cathedral Road, Philadelphia, PA.

Donations in Dr. Hersh’s memory may be made to the Arc of Pennsylvania, an advocacy organization for people with disabilities, or the Pennsylvania Horticultural Society,