• NASW-IL Staff

In Memoriam: Vivian Veneeda Cook Loseth


Vivian Loseth, graduate of the University of Chicago School of Social Service Administration, and retired Executive Director of Youth Guidance, passed away on September 2, 2020, after suffering a massive stroke.

As founding director of the Chicago Comer School Development Program and national faculty for the Comer SDP, Yale Child Study Center, Vivian helped school districts develop strength-based approaches to social emotional learning and improve youth outcomes.

Vivian facilitated a dynamic culture of collaboration and innovation at Youth Guidance, supporting the development of highly acclaimed programs such as Becoming A Man (BAM) which has won praise from the highest offices in the land—including the Congressional Black Caucus and President Barack Obama.

Ms. Loseth received honors and awards from the University of Chicago School of Social Service Administration, the National Association of Social Workers, the Golden Apple Scholars, and Northwestern’s Family Institute, among many others.

Ms. Loseth is survived by her husband Per and daughter Eva.

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