Dr. Robert Butler, a pioneer in the field of aging, died this week. Dr. Butler will be remembered for many things; He founded the National Institute on Aging, he coined the term “ageism,” he authored many books, including the Pulitzer Prize-winning “Why Survive? Being Old in America” and he founded the nation’s first department of geriatrics, at New York’s Mount Sinai Medical School. Here’s a PBS interview with Dr. Butler from the show Life (Part 2).
NEW YORK — Dr. Robert Butler, a Pulitzer Prize-winning expert on aging who coined the phrase “ageism,” has died in New York City, his daughter said Tuesday. He was 83.
He died Sunday of leukemia at Mount Sinai Medical Center, Christine Butler said.
Butler, a gerontologist and psychiatrist, was the founding director of the National Institute on Aging, one of the National Institutes of Health. He wrote several books on aging, including the 1976 Pulitzer-winning “Why Survive: Being Old in America.”