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Harold W. Demone, died on 09/01/2011. Dr. Demone was a former Dean of the School of Social Work.

Visiting hours will be from 3 to 6 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 7, at Chapman, Cole & Gleason Funeral Home, 475 Main St. (Route 28), Falmouth Center. A funeral home service will be held at 11 a.m. Thursday, Sept. 8, with burial to follow at the Massachusetts National Cemetery in Bourne.

Dr. Harold W. Demone, age 87, of East Falmouth, died suddenly at his home on Sept. 1, 2011.

He was the beloved husband of Marguerite F. (Reilly), and father of Deborah Jan Demone of Mashpee. He also leaves several nieces and nephews.

Born in Arlington, he served in the Army and was a veteran of World War II. He was an 18-year-old enlisted infantryman, fighting in the Battle of the Bulge. Dr. Demone was captured by the Germans in Belgium in 1945 and was held as a prisoner of war for four months.

Following his honorable discharge from the Army, he received his B.A. and M.A. degrees from Tufts University. Dr. Demone went into social work through his studies at Brandies University, where he received his Ph.D. in social welfare. He had been active in NASW and CSWE, The International Council on Social Welfare, and was a consulting editor and review editor for Social Work.

His professional career in social work, academia and public service reflects his scholarship, leadership abilities and willingness to explore "uncharted areas" of basic social and public health issues. He was an administrator, a teacher, a researcher, and a public policy and program planner and advocate. His areas of emphasis and expertise included substance abuse, mental health, mental retardation, criminal justice and community health.

His career of 43 years of full time professional positions, Harold Demone worked mostly in three states, Massachusetts, New Jersey and New Hampshire. However, his work has had a national impact as he consulted in more than 20 states and served on many state and federal committees and advisory groups.

He was a driving force behind federal and state legislative initiatives related to services and research related to mental health, mental retardation and alcoholism, adult corrections, parole and probation, mental health commitment procedures, and vocational rehabilitation. He was the chief executive officer of several public and private organizations, including serving as executive director of the Medical Foundation in Boston (1960-67), executive director of the United Community Planning Corp. in Boston (1967-77), and dean of the School of Social Work at Rutgers University (1977-1987). Throughout these years, he served on a wide range of professional, public policy and community advisory groups.

He was a prolific writer, with eight books and dozens of articles to his credit. Since his retirement from full time professional work in 1992, he had served as a visiting lecturer in Health Policy and Management, School of Public Health at Harvard, and he continued to write and participate in professional and community organizations.

One of his longtime as well as most current interests were the issues related to the privatization of human services. Most recently, he was a member of the Original Affordable Housing Task Force. He later became chair of the Affordable Housing Committee and was the first recipient of the Bruce Espey Award from the Falmouth Housing Trust, recognizing his outstanding work in affordable housing. A person with as many interests and new ideas as had Harold Demone never really retires, but continues to work toward improvement of and better public understanding of human needs and services.

Special Requests

Memorial donations may be made to Massachusetts Mental Retardation Department, Cape Cod and Islands, 270 Communication Way, Barnstable, MA 02630.

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