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Yeshiva University Mourns the Passing of Dr. Joanna Mellor, Dedicated Teacher and Colleague

The University is saddened by the loss of Wurzweiler School of Social Work’s Dr. Joanna Mellor, DSW, LMSW, who passed away on February 6.

“Joanna was the consummate academic, who in her quiet but forceful way enlightened her colleagues and gave tirelessly to her students,” said Sheldon Gelman, professor and Dorothy and David I. Schachne Dean at Wurzweiler. “She met all of her classes through the end of fall semester despite her great pain.”

Dr. Mellor grew up in England and graduated from the London School of Economics and Political Science, London University in 1963, with a B.Sc. in Sociology. After immigrating to the United States in 1964, she obtained an M.S. in Social Welfare from Columbia University School of Social Work in 1977 and a D.S.W. from the City University of New York in 1994.

Prior to joining the faculty of the Wurzweiler in 2004, Dr. Mellor served as executive director of the Hunter/Mount Sinai Geriatric Education Center from 1986-1997; assistant professor in the Department of Geriatrics and Adult Development, Mount Sinai School of Medicine, 1997-1999; director of Connections, a volunteer outreach program; and vice president for information services at the Lighthouse International, 1999-2003.Joanna Mellor

“My memories of Dr. Mellor are of a vibrant, caring, spectacular professor,” said Esti Schloss, a student in Wurzweiler’s Block Program. “I feel very lucky to have been exposed to such a fantastic woman. A woman of true dignity. A women who sincerely cared. She forever will be a role model and mentor for me.”

We ask students and colleagues to leave their memories and condolences in the comments section below.