Leonard Pearlin renowned sociologist


Dr. Leonard I. Pearlin, an internationally renowned sociologist, passed away Wednesday, July 23, 2014, after a brief illness at the age of 89. 

Dr. Pearlin was born December 26, 1924 in Quincy, MA. He was a veteran of the second World War and a recipient of the Purple Heart. He received his doctorate from Columbia University in 1956 and was researcher at the National Institute of Mental Health, and a professor at the University of California at San Francisco, and the University of Maryland. Dr. Pearlin conducted seminal research on the social origins of mental illness. His theory about the stress process described how enduring problems encountered in ordinary daily life lead to the depletion of social support and self-esteem, characteristics that might otherwise offset the damaging emotional impact of these problems. Dr. Pearlin also conducted research on caregiving to family members with Alzheimer's Disease and served on the Medical and Scientific Advisory Committee of the Alzheimer's Association and the National Board of the Alzheimer's Disease and Related Disorders Association. His research was funded by the National Institute of Mental Health and the National Institute on Aging. Dr. Pearlin was the recipient of numerous awards for his scholarly achievements from the American Sociological Association and the Gerontological Society of America as well as an honorary doctorate from the University of Ghent in Belgium. Of primary importance to him was his role of mentor to aspiring young sociologists. He helped to launch the careers of a number of people who have gone on to make important contributions to the field of their own work.
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