Baylor Honors Luchi for Gerontological Studies

Dec. 17, 1997

WACO, Texas - Baylor University's Institute of Gerontological Studies recently honored Dr. Robert J. Luchi, director of the Huffington Center on Aging (HCOA) at the Baylor College of Medicine in Houston, for his efforts in promoting gerontological studies.

The HCOA serves as a center for clinical research and an education agency for the aging. The center represents the first of its kind in Texas. Dr. Ben Dickerson, director of the Baylor Institute of Gerontological studies, said Luchi has served as a pioneer in the field of gerontology.

"He exemplifies for us the importance of quality instruction and effective research," Dickerson said. "We feel this was appropriate to acknowledge a man who has made such an impact in gerontology, not only in Texas, but in the nation."

In 1978, Luchi took a sabbatical to England to study geriatrics. He returned in 1979 and established the Geriatrics Evaluation Unit at the Houston Veteran Administration (VA) Medical Center where he served as chief of medicine. The VA unit led to the establishment of the HCOA.

During a luncheon held on the Baylor campus, Baylor Chancellor Dr. Herbert H. Reynolds presented Luchi with a glass bear and certificate recognizing his accomplishments.

For more information, contact Dickerson at (254) 710-8681.

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