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Founder of Project Fatherhood dies at 72
By Sentinel News Service
Published June 18, 2011

Dr. Hershel K. Swinger passes on eve of 4th Annual Fatherhood Solution Conference


Dr. Hershel K. Swinger, Ph.D., founder of Project FatherhoodSM, the renowned program created to address the problem of absentee fathers, passed away in his sleep at his Baldwin Hills home Monday, May 23.

A nationally recognized expert in the cultural aspects of family and community violence and drug abuse, Dr. Swinger was the senior vice president of the Leadership Center at the Children’s Institute of Los Angeles, and a licensed clinical psychologist with more than 35 years of experience treating individuals and families affected by violence and substance abuse.  A retired professor of counselor education at California State University in Los Angeles, Dr. Swinger earned his Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology from the University of Southern California.

Last year Dr. Swinger was the recipient of Walden University’s Presidential Award for Leadership in Social Change for the significant contributions he made to advancing the roles of absentee fathers in the community and bringing about positive social change through his program Project FatherhoodSM, which has helped more than 7,000 low-income, culturally diverse fathers across Los Angeles County to become effective parents. Today, the reach of Project FatherhoodSM has now been extended through a community grants program that enables other organizations to replicate its service model in their own neighborhoods.

“Dr. Swinger’s vision of addressing the problem of absentee fathers lives on,” remarked Alan-Michael Graves of the Children’s Institute of Los Angeles.  “Dr. Swinger was my mentor and I am committed to carrying out his vision of giving fathers the tools they need to actively participate in the rearing and well-being of their children.”

With the theme “Strengthening Relationships Between Fathers and their At-Risk Children,” The 4th Annual Fatherhood Solutions Conference will still take place  Friday, June 17 at the Wilshire Grand Hotel in Los Angeles and will pay a special tribute to Dr. Swinger for his pioneering and visionary leadership.  For more information, please log onto

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