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Navigating the Course:

All to the Good


A memoir by David Fanshel


David Fanshel was born in New York City in 1923, the third child of Russian Jewish parents. As a teenager in the midst of the Depression, David watched his father struggle to support the family. When tragedy struck in 1936, the network of extended relatives saved the family from disaster, but could not spare them from the stresses of their circumstances, which had significant ramifications for the younger generation.

When war was declared in December 1941, David, a freshman at the City College of New York, enlisted in the U.S. Army Air Corps, and served three years active duty from 1943 until 1945. He was commissioned as a navigator and flew 39 missions with the 15th Air Force 450th Bomb Group, 722nd Squadron, in Manduria, Italy.

David's experiences as an adolescent in the Bronx and participant in World War II are vividly recalled in his first memoir, Navigating the Course: A Man’s Place in His Time.

After the war, Fanshel received his Masters Degree and later his Doctorate from the Columbia University School of Social Work (then the New York School of Social Work). His research career began as an associate in 1952 at Cornell University Medical College. In 1961 he joined the faculty at the Columbia University School of Social Work, and was a professor there until his retirement in 1993. In 1987, he was awarded a Secretary’s Commemorative Award from the Department of Health and Human Services for his many research studies of vulnerable children.

In this second memoir, Navigating the Course: All to the Good, the author chronicles his personal and professional life from 1945 through 2012, with a major portion devoted to an overview of the landmark research studies and findings that distinguished his exceptional career.


Softcover, illustrated, 348 pages, $25.00
Valley Meadow Press
ISBN 978-0-98367865-6
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