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educator , gerontologist , Psychiatrist , writer

Robert Neil Butler, American gerontologist, psychiatrist, writer, educator. Recipient Pulitzer prize for general nonfiction, 1976, Leo Laks award, 1976; McIntyre award, 1977, Allied-Signal award, Gustav O. Lienhard award Institute Medicine National Academy of Sciences, 1996, Heinz award, 2003; others.


Butler, Robert Neil was born on January 21, 1927 in New York City. Son of Fred and Easter (Dikeman) Butler.


Bachelor, Columbia University, 1949. Doctor of Medicine, Columbia University, 1953. Degree (honorary), University Southern California.

Degree (honorary), University Gothenburg, Sweden.


Intern St. Lukes Hospital, New York City, 1953-1954. Resident University California Langley Porter Clinic, 1954-1955, National Institute of Mental Health, 1955-1956, research psychiatrist, 1955-1962. Founder geriatric unit Chestnut Lodge, 1958, administrator, 1958-1959.

Research psychiatrist Washington School Psychiatry, 1962-1976. Director National Institute on Aging, National Institutes of Health, 1976-1982. Professor geriatics and adult development Mount Sinai School Medicine, New York City, 1982—2010.

Director International Longevity Center, 1990-2010, president, Chief Executive Officer, 1998-2010. Member faculty George Washington University Medical School, Washington, 1962-1982, Howard University School Medicine. Consultant National Institute of Mental Health, 1967-1976, United States Senate Special Committee on Aging.



Secretary National Ballet of Washington, 1962-1975. Chairman District of Columbia Advisory Commission on Aging, 1969-1972. Board directors National Council on Aging, Mildred and Claude Pepper Foundation Served with United States Maritime Service, 1945-1947.

Fellow American Psychiatric Association, American Geriatrics Society (founding member). Member Group for Advancement Psychiatry (trustee 1974-1976), Gerontological Society, Forum for Professionals and Executives (founding) Clubs: Cosmos (Washington). Century (New York City).


Married Diane McLaughlin, September 2, 1950. Children: Ann Christine, Carole Melissa, Cynthia Lee. Married Myrna I. Lewis, May 17, 1975.

1 daughter, Alexandra Nicole.

Fred Butler

Easter (Dikeman) Butler

Diane McLaughlin

Myrna I. Lewis

Ann Christine Butler

Carole Melissa Butler

Cynthia Lee Butler