Esther Twente

Year Inducted


Career Field

Social Welfare


  • Namesake for the School of Social Welfare building, Twente Hall
  • 1946-1957: Chairman of the first School of Social Work, which previously had not been a separate department
  • Director of Family Services in Kansas City, Kansas
  • Awarded the Kansas Welfare Workers’ Association Lifetime Membership for her work as the Assistant Superintendent of the Kansas Emergency Relief Commission
  • 1956: Aided in community planning for 3 small communities in Australia as a Fulbright Lecturer
  • Founding member of the Kansas Council on Children & Youth and state of Kansas representative to 3 White House Conferences on Children & Youth
  • 1971:  Named the Distinguished Senior Citizen of Kansas and author of book Never Too Old about her work as a senior citizen