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Willner, Dorothy (1927-1993) | Morse Department of Special Collections

Name: Willner, Dorothy (1927-1993)


Historical Note:

1927        Born in New York, NY

1947        Graduates with a Ph.D from the University of Chicago

1950-1951    Awarded the Wenner-Gren for Ethnographic research in Ecuador on Technology and Social Organization of Highland Indians as part of the Heye Foundation of Museum of the American Indian

1952        Conducts Graduate Study at John Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies

1952        Marries Sidney Willner, a lawyer who aided in the denationalization of the German coal and steel industry after the Second World War and postwar Hilton International Inc. partner

1953        Awarded Masters of Arts from the University of Chicago

1953-1954    Studies at the University of Paris

1953        Becomes an Instructor of Sociology and Anthropology at the University of Chicago

1955-1958    Serves as an anthropologist for the Department of Land Settlement, Jewish Agency in Jerusalem, Israel

1958        Serves as a Technical Assistance Administration Expert in Community Development in Mexico

1959-1960    Becomes an Assistant Professor of Sociology and Anthropology, University of Iowa, Iowa City

1960        Publishes "Community Leadership" for the United Nations

1960        The International Organization of Consumer Unions is formed in The Hague, including members from Brussels, London and New York

1961        Awarded a PhD from the University of Chicago

1961-1962    Serves as a Research Association at Research Center in Economic Development and Cultural Change, University of Chicago, Illinois

1962-1963    Becomes an Assistant Professor of Sociology and Anthropology at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

1964-1965    Becomes an Assistant Professor of Anthropology at Hunter College of the City University of New York, New York, NY

1966-1970    Joins the faculty of University of Kansas, Lawrence, Kansas, as an Associate Professor of Anthropology; Granted tenure in 1967 and promoted to full professor in 1970

1968        IOCU adopts a new constitution, expanding voting members of the organization from the original founders to the entire membership

1969        Publishes Nation-Building and Community in Israel

1970s        IOCU creates a regional office in Asia, including an advisory committee comprising of  member from India, Singapore, Malaysia, Fiji and the Philippines

1973        Contributes to Ronald Yelin Cheng's essay collection The Sociology of Revolution 1

974-1983    Serves as the representative of IOCU at the United Nations

1975        Attends the Trade and Development Conference on the control of restrictive business practices

1978        Manages the IOCU "A World in Crisis" Conference

1978        Attends the United Nations "The Decade of Women" conference

1979        IOCU hosts a dinner in honor of Colston Warne

1979        Participates in the World Health Assembly deliberations on the Code of Marketing Practices of Breast Milk Substitutes 1980s        IOCU advises regional offices and the United Nations to ban Clioquinol and Chinoform, used in travel medication, for alleged adverse neurological and gastrointestinal side effects

1981        IOCU establishes a "Consumer Interpol," a global network of correspondents who monitor  the marketing and sale of potentially hazardous products on local, national and regional levels

1981        Manages the IOCU Tenth World Congress on "The Food Crisis" and the "Consumer in a Shrinking World"

1981        Contributes to a World Health Organization Infant Formula Resolution

1982        With the assistance of IOCU's Consumer Interpol, the United Nations General Assembly passes a resolution for "protection against products harmful to health and the environment."

1985        After more than a decade of campaigning, the United Nations adopts IOCU protocols as the United Nations Guidelines on Consumer Protection.

1990        Dismissed from the faculty of the University of Kansas for allegedly "failing to carry out  academic responsibilities"

1993        Dies, leaving her husband and two daughters, Karen  Ferguson and Denise Pavia, and a grandson

2005        Sidney Willner dies






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