Joseph W. Eaton, born Josef Wechsler (September 28, 1919 – October 15, 2012), was an American sociologist and anthropologist. He was listed in Who is Who in the World for his published research and academic career in public and international affairs, social work and public health.
Eaton was born in Germany. He emigrated at age 13 after being kicked out of school. He changed his name to protect his parents who remained in Europe but they were killed by the Nazis. He studied at Cornell University and Columbia University. He was the founder of the graduate program in social work at the University of Pittsburgh.
^Freeman, Lucy (April 16, 1951). "Mental Ills Few Among Hutterites". New York Times. p. 25. Retrieved 8 July 2011. The study, still in progress, is being directed by Dr. Joseph W. Eaton of the Department of Sociology and Anthropology at Wayne University, Detroit.