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MaloneBeach receives honor

Gerontology society awards fellow status to faculty member emerita

Contact: ​Jeff Johnston

The Gerontological Society of America has named Central Michigan University faculty member emerita Eileen MaloneBeach a GSA fellow.

MaloneBeach served as director of CMU's Institute for Intergenerational Relations in the College of Education and Human Services.

GSA calls itself the world’s oldest and largest interdisciplinary organization devoted to research, education and practice in the field of aging. GSA fellowship — the highest class of membership — acknowledges outstanding and continuing work in gerontology. MaloneBeach was nominated by two or more fellows and then unanimously selected by the GSA’s fellowship committee.

“Any award to an individual results from the work of many people,” MaloneBeach said. “For me that includes my mentor, Dr. Steven H. Zarit; my co-authors, particularly Dr. Mikiayasu Hakoyama; and the smart, hardworking, energetic and delightful students with whom I have been privileged to work.

“The need for research and practice in gerontology continues to be undervalued in a time when the entire world is aging. I hope this award helps to shed light on the needs of individuals, families, and societies who are aging.”

The Society celebrated MaloneBeach’s accomplishment Nov. 16 in Boston.

“The receipt of this award is the thrill of a lifetime, and I thank the society, my colleagues, and my students for making this happen," MaloneBeach said.

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