In Memoriam: Kerry Lynne Beldin, 1973-2022

Kerry Beldin, associate professor emerita of social work at the University of Nebraska-Omaha, died at her home on Wednesday, January  5. She was 48 years old and had suffered from lung cancer for six years.

Dr. Beldin spent her early years in Nebraska, Iowa, and Kansas, and ultimately ended up staying in Nebraska where she received a bachelor’s degree in psychology from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. She earned a master of social work degree at the University of Nebraska-Omaha, and a Ph.D. in social welfare from Case Western Reserve University in Cleveland, Ohio.

Dr. Beldin joined the faculty at the university in 2008 and retired from teaching due to her health in March 2021. Her research focused heavily on the area of human trafficking and improving the community’s response to sexual assault.

Professor Beldin received the Alumni Outstanding Teaching Award in May 2016 and the Chancellor’s Medal in May of 2019, the highest award bestowed on a faculty member by the University of Nebraska-Omaha.

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