Charles Schottland

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Charles Irwin Schottland (1906-1995) was an American social worker, lawyer, and university administrator. Born in Chicago, Illinois, he earned a BA degree from the University of California at Los Angeles (1927), and a Social Work certificate from the New York School of Social Work (1928-1929). He graduated from the University of Southern California Law School in 1933. Mr. Schottland was an executive in private welfare agencies (1933-1936), Administrator of the State Relief Administration of California (1936-1941), Assistant to the chief of the U.S. Children's Bureau (1941-1942), lieutenant colonel on the staff of General Dwight D. Eisenhower in Europe (1942-1945), assistant director of the United Nations Relief and Rehabilitation Administration in Germany (1945-1950), head, California welfare department (1950-1954). President Eisenhower appointed him Commissioner of the Social Security Administration (1954-1959). Schottland was on the faculty at Brandeis University, and dean of the Florence Heller Graduate School for Advanced Study in Social Welfare from 1959-1979,. In that time, he also served as president of Brandeis University for three years.

He served as president of the National Conference on Social Welfare and the International Council on Social Welfare. He was chairman of the 1981 Arizona White House Conference on Aging. He was chairman of the Arizona Governor's Council on Aging; past president of the National Senior Citizen Law Center; president of the American Society on Aging; Board member of the Pima Counsel on Aging; and the National Council on Aging. He was a member of NASW and the California bar.