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Address:                                                                        Birthdate: Feb. 20, 1945

505 Northstar Court

Boulder, CO  80304                                                     Marital Status: Married, two children

(24) 423-6651      


                                                                   ACADEMIC  EXPERIENCE


Visiting Faculty, Program on Creative Longevity and Wisdom, Fielding Graduate University, Santa Barbara, California (2012 - present)


Visiting Professor, Tohoku University, Sendai, Japan (2011 - present).


Vice President and Director of Academic Affairs, AARP, Washington, DC.  Chief Academic Officer, responsible for relationships with colleges, universities and public policy institutes, as well as activities related to gerontology education and research. Supervision of  AARP student internships, scholarships, the Visiting Scholars Program, and other initiatives supporting higher education. (2004 – 2013)


Director, Institute for Human Values in Aging, and Senior Associate, International Longevity Center,

New York, NY, founded by Robert N. Butler. The Human Values Institute was a Robert Wood Johnson Foundation-funded national research program on humanistic gerontology, focused on lifelong learning, late-life creativity, bioethics, and spiritual growth in later life. Activities include research, publications, consultation and curriculum development. (2001 - 2004)


National Program Director, Faith in Action Program, Robert Wood Johnson Foundation.  Chief Executive Officer for a national grant-making program that funded over 1,000 coalitions of congregations mobilizing volunteers helping people with chronic health conditions.  (1999 - 2001)


Executive Director, Brookdale Center on Aging of Hunter College, City University of New York, 1993 - 1999. Deputy Director (1985 ‑ 1993). Co-founder with Prof. Rose Dobrof.  The Brookdale Center on Aging, established in 1975, became the largest multidisciplinary University Gerontology Center in the northeastern United States. Funded by grants from private foundations, as well as state and federal government, the Brookdale Center coordinated all research, education and community services programs in aging at Hunter College.  The Center grew from a $ 50,000 budget (1975) to an annual operating budget of $ 3 million and a staff of 50.


Executive Officer of National Aging Human Resource Development Institute, sponsored by the U.S. Administration on Aging.  The Institute served as a national focal point for improving recruitment, training, and retention of personnel in aging services. (1991 - 1994)


Staff Director, N.Y. Center for Policy on Aging, New York Community Trust Foundation, NY, NY. (1986 ‑ 1989) (Time divided between the Foundation and the Hunter College). Principal Consultant for policy issues including financial security, intergenerational programs, and health policy in the field of aging.  Primary staff support to the Advisory Board and to Dr. James R. Dumpson, Vice President of the Trust and Chairman of the Center for Policy on Aging.


Andrew Norman Fellow and Mina Shaughnessy Scholar (U.S. Dept. of Education & Carnegie Corporation), (1984‑1985), Andrus Gerontology Center, University of Southern California. One‑year sabbatical fellowship awarded for research and writing on education and lifespan development.


Co-Director, National Policy Center on Education, Leisure, and Continuing Opportunities for Older Persons, National Council on the Aging.  Washington, DC (June, 1980 ‑ Feb., 1984). The National Policy Center served as policy analysis for the federal Administration on Aging (DHHS) in its designated domain. Co‑Director had responsibility for planning and managing the Center's mission and communicating with senior federal officials. (Time divided between New York and Washington, DC)  Policy areas included: education and training for older adults; self‑help and volunteerism; and the uses of time for culture, leisure, and recreation.  Major tasks included policy analysis and research; development of collaborative academic relationships; and management of sponsored activities and programs.


Administrator of Continuing Education Programs, National City Foundation, the corporate foundation of Citicorp, 399 Park Ave., New York, NY  (1973 ‑ 1975). Administration of the Foundation's employee adult education programs including negotiation with colleges, supervision of faculty, budget planning, program evaluation, and communication with senior Bank management.


Chief Training Officer for Citibank "Career Mobility" Task Force to provide retraining to older workers displaced by automation in the financial industry. Program Evaluation Specialist (1971 ‑ 1973).  Developed longitudinal evaluations and measurement of alternative instructional designs for training programs for Bank employees.


                                                          OFFICES & OFFICIAL POSITIONS


Board President, Gray Is Green, the National Senior Conservation Corp (2012- present)

Board Member, Rocky Mountain Chorale (2015 - present)

Board Member, Institute for the Ages, Sarasota, Florida (2013 - 2014)

Board Member, Montgomery Hospice (2009 – 2010)

Chairman, Board of Directors, ELDERHOSTEL (now Road Scholar) (2000-2004); Board Member, 1981-2004

Chairman, Board of Directors, Technical Assistance Foundation (2000-2006)

Board of Directors, The Shepherds Centers of America (2001-2004)

Board of Directors, American Society on Aging (1994 - 1998)

Board of Directors, Association for Gerontology in Higher Education (1996 - 1998)

Chairman, Committee on Humanities & Arts, Gerontological Society of America

      (1980‑81); Committee Member (1978 ‑ 1985)

Treasurer, Friends & Relatives of Institutionalized Aged, Inc. (1976‑78)

Secretary, Executive Committee, Society for Philosophy & Public Affairs

      (New York Group, 1977‑78)


                                                                     ADVISORY BOARDS


Rumi Educational Center (2016 - present)

National Home Care Standards Bureau (2014 - present)


Honorary Board of International Mature Marketing Network (2008 - present)

National Home Care Standards Bureau, Denver, CO (2013- present)

AgeWell Corporation (2010 - present)

Reviewer and judge for the Purpose Prize, Civic Ventures (now Encore.Org) (2006 – present)

Academic Advisory Board, Institute for American Values (1988 ‑ 2013)

Advisory Board, Center on Religion, Aging and Spirituality, Luther Theological

 Seminary, Minneapolis (1995 - 2003)

Reviewer, Brookdale Foundation National Fellowship Program (1996 -2002)

Public Policy Advisory Board, The Advertising Council (1989 - 1997)

Member of National Advisory Committee, the Aging Society Project, directed by Alan Pifer, President              Emeritus, Carnegie Corporation of New York (1982‑1986)


1995 White House Conference on Aging: Author of policy background paper on "Quality of Life."

1981 White House Conference on Aging: Member of planning committees and author of policy background papers for four major Mini‑Conferences: Philanthropy & Private Foundations; Lifelong Learning; Religious & Ethical Concerns; and Humanities, Arts, & Older Americans


Member, Task Force on Ethics & Aging, Harvard Medical School & Hastings Center on Society, Ethics,         and the Life Sciences (1981‑1984)

Member, National Task Force on Guidelines for Termination of Treatment,

      The Hastings Center (1985‑1987)

Subcommittee on Ethical and Legal Issues, Committee on an Aging Society, National Academy of                    Sciences/National Institute of Medicine (1987)

Board of Trustees, Search and Care (1995 - 1997)

National Board of Visitors, University of North Carolina‑Asheville (1989 - 1993)

Advisory Committee, Life Enrichment Programs, National Council on the Aging, 

       Washington, D.C. (1984‑1991)

Advisory Board, Columbia University Seminar Program, Seminar on Innovations in Education (1983 ‑             1992)

National Advisory Board, Americans for Generational Equity (1986 ‑ 1989)


                                                               CONSULTING POSITIONS


Certified Senior Advisors (2012 - present)

QuietCare (Living Independently, Inc.) on home monitoring technology (2003 - 2008)

Senior Fellow, Civic Ventures, now Encore.Org (2001- present)

Consultant, The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (1999)

Consulting Bioethicist, Wartburg Lutheran Nursing Home Ethics Committee (1993-1994)

Bioethics Consultant, National Institute on Aging (1980, 1981)

Consultant, Older Worker Retraining and Preretirement Programs,

     American Express Corporation (1988, 1991)

Public Lecturer, "Speakers in the Humanities," N.Y. Council for Humanities (1983-1993)

Consultant, telecommunications and nonprofits, TELEMATRIX Corporation (1989-1993)

Consultant and Proposal Reviewer, Retirement Research Foundation National Initiative on           

    Ethics, Autonomy and Long Term Care (1984‑1989)

Consultant, Aging & Health Policy, The Public Agenda Foundation (1988)

Proposal Reviewer, Annenberg Foundation/Corporation for Public Broadcasting (1985)




Society on Marketing and Aging (1990 - present)

Gerontological Society of America

American Society on Aging

Fellow, New York Academy of Medicine


                                                                    EDITORIAL ACTIVITIES


Editorial Board, Generations, American Society on Aging, (1992-2012)

Editorial Board, Journal of Religious Gerontology (1996 - present)

Editorial Board, Journal of Transformative Education (2000 - 2011)

Editorial Board, Aging and Identity (1996-2002)


Manuscript Reviewer, The Gerontologist (1980 ‑ present)

Editorial Board, Age Studies Series, University of Virginia Press (1994 - 2000)

Reviewer, Journal of Gerontological Social Work (1982 ‑ 2006)

Editorial Board, Educational Gerontology (1976‑1984)

Book Reviewer, Oxford University Press, Johns Hopkins University Press, Paragon House, and other                  publishers

Publisher, Education for Aging News, National Newsletter published under auspices of the Adult                        Education Association/USA (1978‑82)


                                                              RESEARCH PROJECTS DIRECTED


Project Director and Principal Investigator, The Philosopher‑in‑the‑Nursing Home Project, funded by the Retirement Research Foundation.  Research on autonomy and paternalism in long term care institutions (1985 ‑ 1987).


Chief, National Evaluation Team, Senior Center Humanities Program. A national survey research study of the largest community education program supported by the National Endowment for the Humanities (60,000 enrolled) (1981).


Project Director, Value Dilemmas in the Aging Society (1980‑82). Curriculum development in bioethics and gerontology, supported by Fund for the Improvement of Post‑Secondary Education. Developed resources for teaching of ethics and aging in the fields of medicine, law, nursing, and social work.


Project Director, Elders on Campus (1981‑82).  Analysis of financial strategies to help higher education recruit older students to Grant from Fund for the Improvement of Post‑Secondary Education to the NCOA Policy Center.


Principal Investigator, The Living History Project (1977‑78). Research/demonstration project on autobiography in old age. Supported by a grant from the N.Y. Council for the Humanities.


Project Director, The Humanities and Aging (1976). Interviews with Alfred Kazin, Irving Howe, Michael Novak and other humanities scholars in a weekly series broadcast on public radio WNYC; supported by a grant from the N.Y. Council for the Humanities.


                                                                   TEACHING EXPERIENCE


Adjunct Faculty, Dept. of Philosophy, Hunter College (1978 - 1999) and School of Health Sciences. Philosophy Department: "Medieval Philosophy" and "Bioethics."   Hunter School of Health Professions: "Introduction to Gerontology" (graduate and undergraduate) and Director of Gerontology Concentration in the MPH Program. Brookdale Center on Aging include: "Value Dilemmas in Social Work Practice in Aging," "Conscious Aging," "Philosophy and the Meaning of Death."


Visiting Faculty Member, Andrus Gerontology Center, University of Southern California, Los Angeles (Summer, 1985). Course on "Ethics & Aging."


Adj. Assistant Professor of Philosophy, New York University School of Continuing Education (1974‑1979). Courses taught include: "Mysticism East and West" (Plotinus, Eckhart, Rumi, Shankara); "The Crisis of Civilization" (Freud, Toynbee, Lewis Mumford, Ortega Y Gasset); "Philosophies of Life" (philosophical autobiography in Augustine, Montaigne, Rousseau, J.S. Mill).


Faculty Member, Institute of Study for Older Adults, New York City Community College (1972 ‑ 1974). Courses for older adults offered in churches, nursing homes, senior citizens centers. Courses taught included: "Introduction to Philosophy," "Ethics," "Philosophy and Aging," and "Comparative Religion."


Instructor, School of General Studies, Columbia University (1971 ‑ 1972).

Courses in "Introduction to Philosophy" (Plato, Augustine, Descartes, Nietzsche).


Instructor, University of California at Santa Cruz (1967‑1968).  Taught courses in "Humanistic Psychology" and "Philosophical Autobiography."




Clark Tibbitts Award, Association for Gerontology in Higher Education, 2014

Mildred Seltzer Award, Association for Gerontology in Higher Education, 2014

1988 Award, Eliza Jennings Long-term Care System, 2013

Council of Honored Sages, Sage-ing International, 2012

Hall of Fame Award for Lifetime Achievement, American Society on Aging (2012)

Bioethicist-in-Residence, University of Illinois Law School (Spring, 2010)

Robert Kahn Award for Successful Aging, from Masterpiece Living (2010)

Gordon Streib Academic Gerontology Award, Southern Gerontological Society (2009)

Named by the Utne Reader Magazine as one of “50 Visionaries Who Are Changing Your World” (2008)

Senior Fellow, Civic Ventures (now Encore.Org) (2002 - present)

Yale College Distinguished Service Award, Association of Yale Alumni (2007)

Creativity Longevity and Wisdom Outstanding Scholar Award, Fielding Graduate University (2007)

ASA Award for Lfetime Achievement, American Society on Aging (2004)

Presidential Award, Southern Gerontological Society (2005)

President’s Award for National & Community Service, Partnerships for Aging (2004)

Featured in Profiles in Gerontology: A Biographical Dictionary (1995)

Who's Who in the East (23rd and 24th Editions), 1990, 1992

Who's Who in American Education (1992-93)

Award for Outstanding Public Speaker of the Year, the American Society on Aging (1992)

Adjunct Associate for Bioethics, The Hastings Center (1991 – 2008)


Andrew Norman Fellowship for Advanced Study, 1984‑85, Andrus Gerontology Center,

University of Southern California


Mina Shaughnessy Scholar, 1984‑85, Fund for the Improvement of Post‑Secondary Education,

U.S. Dept. of Education.


Elsworth Stanton Lectureship, Hunter College School of Social Work (2002)

Muriel Banquer Lectureship, Yale University (2001)


Appointed to Keeler Guest Lectureship, University of Minnesota (1973). Public lecture series

entitled "Mysticism and the Modern World."


Appointed Faculty Fellow, 1969‑71, Columbia University

Elected to Phi Beta Kappa, 1967, Yale University




Columbia University, Ph.D., 1973. Specializing in medieval philosophy, comparative religion and the history of philosophy. Dissertation: Participation and Perfection in Meister Eckhart's Doctrine of Man.  Advisor: Prof. Paul O. Kristeller


Yale University, B.A. (Psychology), 1967, Magna Cum Laude

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