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Merril Silverstein Will Be Inaugural Cantor Chair; Adds to ASI’s Strength
Joining the affiliates of the Aging Studies Institute will be
the inaugural holder of the Marjorie Cantor Endowed Professorship
in Aging, honoring a pioneering gerontologist who was the mother of
Syracuse Chancellor Nancy Cantor.
Merril Silverstein is a prolific scholar and researcher on
issues relating to intergenerational aging. Currently professor of
gerontology and sociology at the University of Southern California,
Silverstein has written more than 130 age-related published works
and is editor-in-chief of the Journal of Gerontology: Social
Sciences. He has received nearly $4.5 million in grants for
aging-related research, particularly related to intergenerational
relations, social support, caregiving policy, migration in later
life, and international views on aging families.
The new professorship, a joint appointment in sociology and
social work (through SU's Falk College of Sport and Human
Dynamics), recognizes the scholarship of Marjorie Cantor, which
advanced understanding of the lifestyles of older persons,
care-giver support systems, and the needs of elders across class
and culture. Cantor, who died in 2009, left behind a 40-year body
of work, including two landmark studies,"The Elderly in the Inner
City of New York" and "Growing Older in New York City in the
1990s." She also co-authored Social Care of the Elderly: The
Effects of Ethnicity, Class and Culture.
The professorship was created by Chancellor Cantor and her
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