Longtime Gerontology Program faculty retire

Anabel Pelham and Brian de Vries, professors of gerontology, have retired after 40 years and 20 years respectively of successful teaching, scholarship and service at SF State.

Anabel PelhamAnabel Pelham is the founding director of the Gerontology Program at SF State, where she served for 40 years, including 15 years as department chair. Her academic interests include international aging, community-based health and human services, wellness/spirituality in aging, advancing age-friendly cities and professionalization of the discipline of gerontology. Pelham is a member of the Association for Gerontology in Higher Education, the Gerontological Society of America’s International Task Force and the Board of Directors of the Los Altos Community Foundation. She is president of the National Association for Professional Gerontologists and the executive director of the Center for Age-Friendly Excellence in Los Altos, California.

Brian de VriesBrian de Vries is a fellow of the Gerontological Society of America and past board member of the American Society on Aging and co-chair of the LGBT Aging Issues Network constituent group. De Vries served on the Institute of Medicine’s Board on the Health of Select Populations Committee, authoring The Health of Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender People. He is former editor of Sexuality Research and Social Policy and a former associate editor of The International Journal of Aging and Human Development. He has served as guest editor of Omega: Journal of Death and Dying and as a guest co-editor of Generations and the Journal of Homosexuality. With colleagues, he was awarded a multi-year grant from the National Institutes of Health to study minority stress among same-sex couples.


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