Boston University Faculty Members Remembered
School of Social Work professor emerita, on February 13, 2009, at age 84
Frey earned a bachelor’s degree from Queens College, City University of New York, and a master’s from Columbia University. She joined the SSW faculty in 1957 and held many positions, including professor of group work, coordinator of social work practice courses, and director of the Division of Continuing Education, the forerunner of SSW’s current Professional Education Programs, for ten years.
Recognizing the interconnections between people’s lives and their varied cultures, Frey was instrumental in expanding SSW’s efforts in global social work practice. Along with her recruitment efforts in Southeast Asia, she was responsible for the school’s participation in the overseas program with the U.S. Army in Germany and worked in the school’s Refugee and Immigrant Training Program. She coauthored a manual on working with refugee minors for the U.S. Catholic Conference Office of Migrant and Refugee Services. She made significant contributions to the field of group work and adult learning literature, including the book Explorations in Group Work: Essays in Theory and Practice, edited with the late Saul Bernstein, an SSW professor emeritus. Frey was honored by NASW as a Social Work Pioneer. She retired from SSW in 1991.
College of Engineering associate professor of electrical and computer engineering, on March 12, 2009, at age 72
Roziner had been a member of the electrical and computer engineering department for twenty-two years when she retired in February 2008. She worked on research in computer engineering and communications, but is best remembered by the ENG community for her great dedication to teaching and her care for each student she taught.
“She was one of the most respected and loved people here in our department,” says Lev Levitin, an ENG Distinguished Professor of Engineering Science.
Roziner’s teaching schedule typically included three large undergraduate classes each semester. Despite the numbers of students she taught, covering many of the same subjects year after year, “her teaching never became routine, and she always talked about her students — calling them her ‘kids’ — and she spent a lot of hours with every one of them,” says Levitin. “I recall a letter a student who had come to BU from China wrote to her saying she was like a mother — and that was not a single episode.”
Roziner was born in Moscow in 1936 and attended Moscow State University, where she earned bachelor’s and master’s degrees in mathematics. She earned a doctorate at the USSR Academy of Sciences and worked in the military and in industry in the former Soviet Union. She and her husband moved to Israel in 1978 and immigrated to the United States in 1985. She began teaching at the College of Engineering in 1986.
Roziner’s family has requested that memorial contributions be made to the Amherst Center for Russian Culture, P.O. Box 2268, Amherst College, Amherst, MA 01002. — Kate Fink