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Memoir

Rose Campbell Gibson
Regents' Proceedings 215

Rose C. Gibson, professor of social work in the School of Social Work, faculty associate in the Research Center for Group Dynamics, Institute for Social Research, and faculty associate in the Institute of Gerontology, retired from active faculty status on December 31, 1996.

Professor Gibson received her B.A. degree in 1946 from Wayne State University and her M.A. and Ph.D. degrees, in 1968 and 1977, respectively, from the University of Michigan. She joined the Institute of Gerontology as a research investigator in 1979. She was promoted to assistant research scientist in 1982 and associate research scientist in 1984. She joined the faculty of the School of Social Work in 1985 as an associate professor. She was granted tenure in 1988 and was promoted to professor in 1992. She has been a faculty associate in the Institute for Social Research since 1987.

A nationally and internationally recognized scholar on the subject of race and aging, Professor Gibson is known for her empirical models of race differences in the aging process. She was the first to identify a black-white morbidity crossover in national data and to identify race differences in the meaning and measurement of self-reported health in national surveys. She has published numerous articles and book chapters, as well as several books, including Different Worlds: Inequality in the Aging Experience, Blacks in an Aging Society, Health in Black America, and Aging and the Life Course. Her textbooks on inequality in aging are widely used in undergraduate sociology courses.

Professor Gibson is editor-in-chief of The Gerontologist, the largest multidisciplinary peer-reviewed research journal on aging. She chaired the Governor's Task Force on New Work and Retirement Arrangements for the Older Worker and was vice chair of the Governor's Task Force on Employment Opportunities for Older Citizens. Her awards include the Wilber J. Cohen Award for outstanding contributions to aging research and the Ida I. Beam Distinguished Professorship. Her groundbreaking work on racial differences in mortality rates, retirement, and health status has brought her international acclaim and has brought distinction to the School of Social Work and the University of Michigan.

The Regents now salute this distinguished faculty member by naming Rose C. Gibson professor emerita of social work.