Over a four-decade-long career at the University of Toronto, Marion Bogo, a professor in the Factor-Inwentash Faculty of Social Work, became one of the field’s leading scholars and helped transform how social workers are educated in Canada and around the world.
In a tribute to Bogo, who died on Sept. 26, Cheryl Regehr, U of T’s vice-president and provost, and Faye Mishna, the faculty’s former dean, write:
“A trusted mentor, beloved and talented educator, and world-renowned expert, Professor Bogo transformed social work education and practice both in Canada and across the globe, instituting major innovations that led to the development of new knowledge and ground-breaking programs.
“With her unfailing commitment to creating, testing, and implementing cutting-edge educational practices in social work field education and competency evaluation, Professor Bogo had an enormous influence on preparing generations of social workers and social work educators. Her decades-long dedication to improving the way Canadian social workers are educated has contributed directly to the wellbeing and health of individual Canadians and of society as a whole.”
Described as a ground-breaking scholar and trusted mentor, Bogo was among the first recipients of the President’s Teaching Award at U of T, the university’s highest honour for teaching – and, in May 2015, she was invested as an Officer of the Order of Canada for her achievements as a scholar and teacher, and for advancing social work practice in Canada and abroad.
“She has been a much-loved member of our community, known for her unwavering support and mentorship of junior faculty and doctoral students,” write Regehr and Mishna. “She will be dearly missed.”