The Hall of Fame Award is presented to an individual who has, through a lifetime of advocacy and leadership, enhanced the lives of elders through demonstrated leadership on the national level. The nominee should have contributed to ASA through service on its board of directors, committees or in other leadership roles. Preference may be given to those nominees who are current ASA members.
The winner will be featured in the Aging in America Conference program book, in Aging Today and Age Blog, and on this page.
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Deadline: October 15
2017 Hall of Fame Award Winner
E. Percil Stanford, PhD
President, Folding Voice
Dr. E. Percil Stanford is president of Folding Voice, Washington, D.C. and president of KIND Corporation, San Diego, which provides housing for low-income elders. Stanford’s decades-long dedication to gerontology and minority aging has influenced nonprofits, businesses, governmental and academic institutions, and individuals worldwide.
Stanford has played a crucial role at ASA for more than 40 years, starting with his tenure on the Board of what was formerly the Western Gerontological Society. He served as president there from 1975 to 1976, and is on the ASA Council of Presidents. He served on ASA’s Board of Directors for many years and in 2001 was a founding member of the Network on Multicultural Aging (NOMA), and served on the NOMA Editorial Advisory Committee. Stanford also founded the Minority Concerns Committee, which is now the ASA Diversity and Inclusion Committee, and he regularly plays a leading role in ASA’s Diversity Summit at the Aging in America Conference.
Stanford co-created Folding Voice in 2011 with his son Dr. Dawan Stanford, after leaving his position in December 2010 as AARP’s senior vice president and chief diversity and inclusion officer. His professional life, from its inception—aside from his military service—reflects a broad and deep involvement in gerontology. Stanford’s early association with the first White House Conference on Aging (in 1961) while at Morgan State University motivated set the stage for his desire to work on behalf of older adults.
At San Diego State University (SDSU) Stanford was instrumental in founding the Department of Gerontology, which included a certificate program, and bachelors and masters-degree programs. He directed research programs, and designed and taught SDSU undergraduate and graduate social work and gerontology courses for 30 years. He was the charter director of the University Center on Aging, establishing the National Institute on Minority Aging and directing several national programs under the Center’s umbrella. As Professor Emeritus at SDSU, he continues his commitment to the gerontology program.