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Arthur L. Swift


life 1892 – 1970


Arthur L. Swift (1892-1970) retired in 1961 as Vice-President of Planning at The New School for Social Research, and Dean of its School of Political and Social Studies. He studied at Williams College and Union Theological Seminary before earning a PhD at Columbia University; his focus was on the "sociology of religion." Outside of The New School, Swift worked to engage primarily Protestant organizations in matters of race relations and urban development, and was at one point the director of the New York Urban League.

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