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Benjamin Rose Sr. VP and Director of Katz Policy Institute selected for Ohio Women's Hall of Fame

August 22, 2011

Linda S. Noelker, PhD, of the Benjamin Rose Institute on Aging (BRIA), has been selected as a 2011 inductee to the Ohio Women's Hall of Fame.

The Hall of Fame honor is given in recognition of tremendous accomplishments, commitment to excellence, and service to others. Dr. Noelker is one of nine honorees who will be inducted to the Ohio Women's Hall of Fame on Thursday, August 25, at 2 p.m., at the Ohio Statehouse Atrium. This annual event is free and open to the public.

Dr. Noelker joined BRIA in 1974 as a Research Analyst and then became the Associate Director for Research, Director of the Margaret Blenkner Research Institute, and her current positions: Senior Vice President of Planning and Organizational Resources and Director of the Katz Policy Institute. Dr. Noelker is also an Adjunct Full Professor of Sociology at Case Western Reserve University.

Dr. Noelker has published more than 100 chapters, scientific journal articles, and books. She is a Fellow of the Gerontological Society of American (GSA), where she has also served as Chair of the Behavioral and Social Sciences Section, editorial board member, and Editor-in-Chief of The Gerontologist, an international journal focused on multidisciplinary issues in aging.

Dr. Noelker currently serves on the Board of Directors of the Western Reserve Area Agency on Aging, the National Center for Creative Aging, OASIS International, Senior Outreach Services, Inc., and the Hiram College Board of Visitors. She has also served on the boards of the American Society on Aging (ASA) and the National Alzheimer's Association.

The Hall of Fame induction is the latest in many accolades Dr. Noelker has earned throughout her career. Other honors and awards include: Distinguished Career Contribution Award from GSA, Leadership Award from ASA, the Visiting Nurse Association Distinguished Women in Healthcare Award, the Menorah Park Center for Aging Arnold L. Heller Memorial Award, the English Speaking Union of NYC Winston Churchill Traveling Fellowship, and others.

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About the Benjamin Rose Institute on Aging: For more than 100 years, the Benjamin Rose Institute on Aging has worked to improve care for older adults and their caregivers. The main focus of BRIA is to assist older people and their families to live successfully in the community. Through service, research, and advocacy, BRIA works to fulfill its mission of advancing the health, independence, and dignity of older adults. For more information on the Benjamin Rose Institute on Aging, visit

About the Ohio Women's Hall of Fame: The Ohio Women's Hall of Fame was established in 1978 by the Women's Division of the Ohio Bureau of Employment Services (now part of the Ohio Department of Job and Family Services) to publicly recognize the many outstanding contributions Ohio women have made to their state and nation. The Ohio Women's Hall of Fame serves as a daily tribute to these women who are an ongoing source of pride and inspiration for all Ohioans – especially our state's next generation of leaders. Records of the members are held by the Ohioana Library, where they are available to the public for research purposes. To date, more than 400 women have received the prestigious distinction of being inducted into the Hall of Fame.

Media Contact: Jeanne Hoban, 216.373.1686,


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