Catherine (Katy) Papell (d. 2013) was involved in social work activities since 1940. A 1937 graduate of the University of Michigan, Dr. Papell received a Master’s of Arts degree from Columbia University’s Teachers College in 1938 and a Masters in Social Work from the University of Pennsylvania in 1950. She was awarded a Doctorate of Social Work from Yeshiva University in 1979. She has been a significant force in the development, practice and professional education aspects of social work with groups since 1950. Beginning in 1957, Dr. Papell served thirty years as a member of the social work faculty at Adelphi University. Dr. Papell was named Social Worker of the Year in 1984 by the NY State NASW. She was a co-founder and lifetime member of the Long Island chapter of the AASWG. She served on committees and commissions for both CSWE and NASW. At age 90 she shared her thoughts on aging at Adelphi.