Each year, Temple University Alumni Impact Awards are presented to exceptional alumni for outstanding service, advocacy and contribution to a school or college at Temple. This year, two alumnae from the College of Public Health – Joan H. Sadoff and Ellen Schwartz - were honored for their commitment.
Below is a summary of both women’s accomplishments taken from the Alumni Association website.
JOAN H. SADOFF, MED '71, MSW '79
A dedicated teacher both in and outside the classroom, Joan H. Sadoff has worked in hospital, school, family agency, and community settings since graduating from the Temple University School of Social Work in 1979, after completing her master’s degree in the College of Education in 1971. As a clinical social worker she has had experience working with children, adolescents and adults, representing a cross-section of racial, socioeconomic, cultural and diagnostic categories. She has participated in over three thousand interviews, including inpatients, outpatients and their families, survivors of the Holocaust (as interviewer for oral history project for Gratz College), and as a group facilitator for the Society of New Americans. Since her time as a student, Mrs. Sadoff has dedicated her time and personal funds to the Temple School of Social Work. Additionally, she has hosted several volunteer events at Temple, including a recent film screening and lecture for her award winning documentary, “Standing on My Sisters’ Shoulders”, a moving study of impactful women in the Civil Rights Movement. Mrs. Sadoff has been listed in Who’s Who in Mental Health, Who’s Who in America and has appeared on NBC and CBS affiliated TV stations discussing marital and family issues. She was the recipient of the Temple University School of Social Administration Alumni Fellow Award in 2004, and recognized in the 2008 Gallery of Success. Named Social Worker of the Year by the NASW/PA in 2005, Mrs. Sadoff was most recently the recipient of the Civil Rights and Social Justice annual award at the National Conference on Civil Rights.
ELLEN SCHWARTZ, MA '69
In 1969 Ellen Schwartz received her master’s degree in speech, language and hearing from the College of Liberal Arts (now in the College of Public Health) and has been a stalwart supporter of Temple University ever since. Ms. Schwartz began her career as a pediatric speech-language pathologist working at The Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia and for the past 31 years, she has worked in her own successful private practice in center city Philadelphia. Ms. Schwartz has been well-respected in the communication sciences and disorders community, both locally and nationally. She has been an author, researcher, presenter, supervisor, and mentor and continues her professional practice helping young children with communication disorders as well as counseling and teaching their families. A major Temple University donor and member of the Conwell Giving Society, Ms. Schwartz has never missed a year of giving. Most recently she bestowed a gift of great impact on the Temple community by endowing a graduate scholarship in the amount of $250,000 for the Department of Communication Sciences and Disorders. Ms. Schwartz’s gifts prove an inspiration to others in their interest and support of Temple University and the College of Public Health. In the Philadelphia community, Ms. Schwartz and her husband continually strive to make a difference. The independent primary school, The Philadelphia School, has named its’ preschool “The Ellen Schwartz and Jeremy Siegel Early Childhood Center” in honor of their philanthropy and volunteerism.