Human Development and Family Studies

HDFS Newsletter 4-2-13

Dr. Vira Kivett Inducted into the Southern Gerontological Society’s Hall of Fame

HDFS extends belated congratulations to Dr. Vira Kivett, Elizabeth Rosenthal Excellence Professor Emeritus, on her 2012 induction into the into the Southern Gerontological Society’s (SGS) Hall of Fame. She is one of six individuals who have been thus honored for their outstanding contributions to the field of gerontology.

In inducting her into its Hall of Fame, the SGS noted that Dr. Kivett is an internationally recognized scholar in the field of social gerontology and one of the United States’ foremost scholars on rural aging. Through her innovative teaching, research, and service she has inspired and mentored many current college and university professors, along with practitioners in their service to older adults in North Carolina, the region and nation. Among Dr. Kivett’s many previous awards and accomplishments, she was recognized in 1996 by the UNC Board of Governors for her service on behalf of the elderly when she received the O. Max Gardner Award, the highest honor the UNC system can bestow on one of the system’s faculty members. Always concerned not only with science but also with bettering the lives of older adults, she has presented before the Select Committee on Aging of the U.S. House of Representatives and has been recognized by the State of North Carolina for contributions to public policy on aging. (See