The Ohio Department of Aging has inducted Mandel School of Applied Social Sciences Professor Merl “Terry” Hokenstad into the Ohio Senior Citizens Hall of Fame.

A Distinguished University Professor at Case Western Reserve University, Hokenstad, 75, has been a proponent of the aging population for more than 40 years. He is one of 12 Ohioans being recognized by ODA for their contributions.

The Ohio Department of Aging celebrates outstanding older Ohioans for the roles they play in their communities, state and nation and for what they do to promote productive and enjoyable lives, and Hokenstad joins an elite class. Since 1977, more than 350 individuals have been selected, including Bob Hope, Paul Newman, Sen. John Glenn, Woody Hayes and Erma Bombeck.

During the induction ceremony earlier this month, Hokenstad said: “As a social work educator with a focus on the field of gerontology, I have emphasized active aging in my teaching and writing, as well as my volunteer work nationally and at the United Nations. This ceremony gives recognition to the contributions that older people make to their families, communities and the larger society.”

Last week, Hokenstad also received the Full Time Faculty Award during Mandel School diploma ceremonies at The Temple-Tifereth Israel in Cleveland. One student wrote:

“Dr. Hokenstad never ceases to impress students with his ability to exceed the high standards of excellence he has set for himself and others … He integrates the most current resources and knowledge into his class materials, readings and assignments, making students feel a part of critical conversations in the field … He is a most appreciated role model and mentor.”

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