Remembering Inez Baucum – a pioneer in Social WorkJan. 14, 2013
A celebration of life of Inez Baucum was held at 10:00 AM on Monday, January 14, 2013, at the Broadway church of Christ in Lubbock, Texas, with Lynn Harms and Floyd Stumbo of The Children’s Home of Lubbock officiating. Inez died on Wednesday, January 9, 2013, after a brief illness.
Inez came to The Children’s Home of Lubbock in 1955 to qualify the home as a licensed placement agency for foster care and adoptions. She had earned her Bachelor’s of Social Work Degree From the University of Oklahoma and her Master’s Degree from the University of Chicago. She came to the Home as the first social worker to serve in any child care program associated with the churches of Christ. In her 25 years at the Home she was responsible for the placement of over 600 children by adoption.
Inez retired from The Children’s Home of Lubbock in 1980 and continued her second career as a Professor of Social Work at Lubbock Christian University. She was instrumental in helping to establish the social work program at LCU, helping to achieve national certification for the program. She continued to teach for the next 15 years. Countless numbers of young people were taught and mentored by Inez during her working years.
“Inez was loved and respected by everyone who knew her,” reflected Dr. Steven Lemley, LCU President from 1982-1993, “I have heard that she was the first person among members of the Churches of Christ to earn a Master of Social Work (MSW) degree which she first took to the Childrens’ Home of Lubbock and then to Lubbock Christian University. She found homes for many children and stayed in touch with many of them who have continued to thank her for providing families for them. LCU students majoring in social work will remember her fondly. She was an unforgettable personality and an exemplary servant of Christ.”
In 1987 she was named by the Christian Chronicle as one of 100 Trail Blazers during the Twentieth Century. In 1993 she was selected to be the recipient of the Social Work Lifetime Achievement Award for the Texas Chapter of the National Association of Social Work. In 2008 she was honored by The Children’s Home of Lubbock for her pioneering work in adoption.
Inez was born to David and Hattie Conyers Baucum on August 21, 1915, in Sulphur, Oklahoma. She is survived by three nieces, Gay Brock and husband Ealy of Shallowater, Texas; Jo Story of Edmund, Oklahoma, and Angela Barlow of Oklahoma City, and one nephew, Maury Baucum, of Oklahoma City.
The family requests that memorials be made to The Children’s Home of Lubbock, PO Box 2824, Lubbock, Texas 79408, or to Lubbock Christian University, 5601 West 19th Street, Lubbock, Texas 79407.