These are the Great Names in Gerontology and Geriatrics. Click on each pictures for details on the life and accomplishments of each one of those who made a difference in the study of aging.
Gary Andrews, who died suddenly while staying in Sydney to attend the AAG Council Meeting on Thursday and Friday May 18/19, 2006. Gary was the best known Gerontologist in Australia and arguably around the world for his life long committment to the study of ageing, the support of Gerontology and the role of the AAG - and of the IAGG in less developed countries in particular. He was his active and enthusiastic self at the recent Council Meeting and his direction will be sorely missed. Gary combined, as few others have, a life long committment to research, education, teaching, administration and practice in gerontology. His personal involvement with gerontology and geriatric medicine extended back for close to 50 years - taking up a NSW Department of Health Cadetship in the 1950s to work at Lidcombe Hospital with Dr Sid Sax while Gary was still a medical student and where he became a founding member of the AAG and subsequent Medical Superintendent. He developed Lidcombe from a State Institution for older men to become a leading teaching hospital of the University of Sydney - before embarking on his extraordinary career involving every aspect of ageing in Australia and world wide.
Gloria M. Gutman
Professor and Director - Gerontology Research Centre
Gloria Gutman, a Past President (2001-2005) of the IAGG, is an internationally known and respected educator, researcher, consultant and advocate who pioneered the field of gerontology in British Columbia (BC) and Canada. Gloria developed the Gerontology Research Centre and the Department of Gerontology at Simon Fraser University, serving as Director of both for over twenty years. She has authored or edited 20 books and monographs, written over 100 scholarly articles, reports, and chapters, and presented more than 200 papers at learned society meetings. Gloria is a Fellow of the Gerontological Society of America, the Founding President of the Gerontology Association of BC, a two-term president of the Canadian Association on Gerontology (CAG), and a Co-Leader of the BC Network for Aging Research. During her term as IAGG President, the city of Vancouver hosted the prestigious 2001 IAG World Congress. Gloria has made substantial advances for geriatrics and gerontology students through her commitment to the IAGG. She is a founder of gerontology education in Canada and has played a pivotal role in expanding graduate education in gerontology throughout the world. Gloria was responsible for compiling and developing the IAGG website listing of graduate degree programs in gerontology and geriatrics offered worldwide. As part of the IAGG’s Education Initiative (2001-2005), she organized an international workshop on master’s degrees. Gloria is also heavily involved in international efforts to target gerontology and geriatric education to individuals from developing countries. Throughout her involvement with the IAGG, Gloria has also supported the recognition and organization of gerontology and geriatrics students within IAGG member organizations. She recognized the value in having formal national student sections and proposed the creation of the International Council of Gerontology Student Organizations (ICGSO) in 2002. ICGSO remains the international network of national and international student societies in aging and an IAGG standing committee. She also helped establish Student Section Development Grants to foster the creation and growth of new and existing student sections. Her efforts culminated in the inaugural ICGSO meeting at the 2005 IAG World Congress. Gloria gave an international voice to students in member organizations and helped lay the groundwork for students in gerontology and geriatrics to both benefit from and help meaningfully advance the IAGG. Through her professional activities, Gloria has made tremendous contributions to raising the awareness and visibility of issues of concern with respect to our aging population. She is a frequent contributor to popular media, and has become one of Canada’s best known and most sought-after experts on seniors’ issues. Gloria has also moved beyond academia to make exceptional contributions to no less than 45 professional and community organizations developing policy and services for seniors in the province and beyond. She has been recognized for her efforts as the recipient of several major awards, including the Order of BC, the CAG Distinguished Member Award, and the Rosalie Wolf Memorial Elder Abuse Prevention Award (International Category).
Francesco MARIA ANTONINI
Lynn MC DONALD
Professor Osvaldo Prieto has been a founder and first chairman of the Gerontology and Geriatric Cuban Society and founder head director of the Iberoamerican Center of the third Age, the Institute of Geriatric in Cuba. He promoted the development of Geriatric and Gerontology in our country , and from his post as director of this centre in the past 14 year , he has been instrumental in the formation of graduates and masters during that time. He created new ways for the care of elderly people in community centres which have become regular practice in the primary health care of the whole country. In his role as chairman of The Geriatric Cuban Society, he started the national congresses of the field and has been the chairman of COMLAT for a period of 4 years.