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Distinguished Scholar Award


Gordon Streib


George Maddox


Irv Rosow


Ethel Shanas


Matilda White Riley


Anne Foner


David Featherman


John Myles


Helena Znaniecka Lopata


Marie R. Haug


Jill Quadagno


Vern L. Bengtson


Jaber Gubrium


Eva Kahana


Glen H. Elder, Jr.


Karl Ulrich Mayer


Carroll Estes


Phyllis Moen


Martin Kohli

2003 Fredric D. Wolinsky

Matilda White Riley

Distinguished Scholar Award

2004 Linda K. George

The Distinguished Scholar Award honors a scholar in the field of aging who has shown exceptional achievement in research, theory, policy analysis, or who has otherwise advanced knowledge of aging and the life course. At the 2004 annual meeting, the Section approved the proposal that "The Distinguished Scholar Award for the Section on Aging and the Life Course will be named the Matilda White Riley Distinguished Scholar Award."

Matilda White Riley won the Distinguished Scholar Award in 1988 and served as Chair of the Section in 1989-1990. She was elected the 77th President of the American Sociological Association in 1986. Her contributions to the sociology of aging are far-reaching, but most hinge on her development of the age stratification perspective. The three-volume set Aging and Society helped sociologists see more clearly that age is a structural feature of any society or group. It also deepened our understanding of aging over over the life course, cohort flow, and the interplay between aging and social change. Dr. Riley's career wove together successful roles as a professor (Rutgers University and Bowdoin College), executive director of the ASA (1949-1960), and Associate Director for Behavioral and Social Research at the National Institute of Aging, National Institutes of Health (1979-1991). (See Dr. Riley's curriculum vitae.)

Dr. Riley passed away on November 14, 2004 at the age of 94 in her Maine home. (See Celebrating the life of Matilda White Riley.) Naming the award in her honor is one way to show our appreciations for her contributions to the study of aging and the life course.

Nominations for this year's Matilda White Riley Distinguished Scholar can be submitted to Committee Chair not later than April 5, 2006. Please describe your nomination's contributions that are the basis for your suggestion.

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