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 nomination site for the 2019 Award is closed. Please bookmark this page and revisit it in June.
2019 Hall of Fame Award Winner
For six decades, Jim Sykes has worked for the betterment of older people, advocating at the local, regional and federal levels in the areas of affordable housing, aging services, strategic planning, nonprofit public service, corporate philanthropic oversight and also taught aging policy to upcoming generations of gerontologists. Currently, he is Senior Advisor for Aging Policy at the University of Wisconsin, in Population Health Sciences, School of Medicine and Public Health. From 1976−81, he served under President Jimmy Carter as Vice-Chairman of the Federal Council on Aging, in 1995 he was on the Advisory Committee for the White House Conference on Aging as well as being an International Observer in 2005. He has testified before U.S. Congressional committees on numerous occasions and was a National Council on Aging NGO representative at many U.N. events. Sykes has been a longtime active member of ASA, recently co-convening its Global Ageing affinity group.
Chairman of the North American Regional Committee of the International Association of Gerontology from 1994-2001, Jim has traveled in more than 60 nations observing the unique circumstances of older people, their housing, health facilities, centers, work and ways of living and to explore practice in public policy issues. His photographs of older persons have appeared in numerous journals, books and magazines and in various exhibits.