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Dr. James R. Dumpson, noted for his social work and social justice, dead at 103

HERB BOYD Special to the AmNews | 1/3/2013, 4:09 p.m.

His numerous awards include a named professional chair in child welfare studies at Fordham University Graduate School of Social Service; the Keystone Award for distinguished service in social welfare from the Federation of Protestant Welfare Agencies; the Distinguished Service Medal from the Council on Social Work Education; Honorary Lifetime Membership of the Institute of Social Sciences; and fellow of the New York Academy of Medicine, to mention but a few.

According to his daughter Jeree Wade, an artist and counseling psychologist, her father continued to travel to his home in Hawaii and maintained an active life with his colleagues, lifelong friends and his extended family members. Among his loving caretakers were Robert Beckles, Gregory Duncan, Anthony LaCroix and Elsworth Brewster. Dumpson is survived by his wife, Goldie Dumpson; daughter and son-in-law Jeree and Adam Wade; brother Father Roland Dumpson, sister Doris D. Grundy, nephews and nieces James H. Dumpson, Jeffrey Hart, Cheryl Waters, Eric Waters and Linda Hart; grandnephews J. Donald Dumpson, Stephen Waters, Michael Waters and a host of other relatives and friends. He will be sorely missed by all who knew him.

His funeral services occurred last Saturday, Nov. 10, at the Church of St. Ignatius Loyola Roman Catholic on Park Avenue. He is buried at Trinity Church Cemetery in Harlem.