Robert N. Butler dies, ‘Father of modern gerontology’ was 83

As baby boomers age, our country is looking toward a wave of older adults in our population. Some individuals, like Dr. Butler, had the foresight to make strides in caring for older adults and setting standards for care for seniors.

By Emma Brown
Washington Post Staff Writer
Wednesday, July 7, 2010

Robert N. Butler, 83, a Pulitzer Prize-winning author, psychiatrist and expert on aging who helped illuminate the “quiet despair, deprivation, desolation and muted rage” that he said characterized the act of growing old in America, and who co-wrote a best-selling sex manual for senior citizens, died July 4 at Mount Sinai Medical Center in New York. He had leukemia.

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