Jack Rowe named to Julius B. Richmond Professorship of Health Policy and Aging

Thursday, May 7, 2015

May 7, 2015  The Columbia Aging Center congratulates colleague and faculty member, Jack Rowe, whom the Board of Trustees of Columbia University has named the “Julius B. Richmond Professor of Health Policy and Aging.”  

Named for the late Julius B. Richmond, this professorship is a nod to Richmond’s exemplary career in public service, public health and academia.  A pediatrician and child development researcher who served as Surgeon General and Assistant Secretary of Health in the Carter Administration, Richmond was a leader whose policy work incited Americans to take responsibility for their health and well-being with policies aimed at prevention and health promotion. Also of note is Richmond’s role in founding Head Start.

As the field of aging diversifies and broadens its scope to look at the life course factors that influence the aging process from conception forward, the fact that Jack Rowe’s title encompasses the entire lifespan is particularly apt.  

Jack’s remarkable career and his own accomplishments in transforming the fields of geriatrics and gerontology are largely unmatched. And it is a well-merited honor that he should hold the first endowed Chair within the Mailman School’s Health Policy and Management Department.

Jack Rowe presenting at the Columbia's First Aging Workshop co-organized by the Columbia Aging Center and the Zuckerman Institute