Social worker; civic leader. Born– June 15, 1915, in Hampton, Va. Parents– Elmer R. and Addie (Baines) Shield.  Married–Richard Charles Hassinger, September 6, 1947. Children–two. Education– College of William and Mary, B.S., 1937; University of Chicago, M.S., 1942. Social worker in Norfolk, 1937; worked for WPA in North Carolina, 1938-1940; social worker Columbus Medical Center Presbyterian Hospital, 1942-1944; supervisor and acting director of social services, Medical College of Virginia, 1944-1947; vice president and director of Transall, Inc., Birmingham, 1978-. Served as volunteer social worker at University Hospital; president of the advisory board, Lee McBride White School; vice president, board of directors, Visiting Nursing Association, Birmingham, member Women’s Committee of 100; and many social and civic organizations.  Member, National Society of Colonial Dames; DAR. Outstanding alumna, William and Mary. 1988.  Died July 1, 2004.


Obituary, Birmingham News, July 2, 2004; Who’s Who of American Women, 1968.


The Hassinger Family, 1545-1983.  Birmingham:  Hassinger Publications, 1984.

Henderson Steel; Birmingham’s First Steel. Birmingham, Ala.; Jefferson County Historical Commission, 1978.

The History of the Virginia Conference of Social Work from 1900 to 1942. Richmond:  C. W. Saunders. 1942.