Aldred A. Heckman, 1927
B.A., Denison University
St. Paul, Minn.
Citation awarded on Saturday, June 11, 1955
Aldred Arthur Heckman is both an administrator who inspires his co-workers to place service to others above personal considerations, and a trusted and highly regarded advisor to the nation’s communities in the treatment of some of the most critical problems in human life. Mr. Heckman stands as an inspiration and a guide for the entire field of professional social work.
As executive director of Louis W. and Maud Hill Family Foundation, he achieved early recognition as an outstanding social worker. For 15 years he was general secretary of the Family Service of St. Paul, an agency dedicated to the prevention of family disorganization. Under his direction this agency became the model for family case work agencies all over the country. In demand by communities across the nation for nearly 20 years to direct their family welfare and adult dependency surveys, he has also served on the faculties of St. Catherine’s College, Macalester College, and the University of Minnesota, and held directorships for numbers of civic and social organizations and community services.