Retirement Celebration in Honor of Terry Hokenstad on May 9

You are cordially invited to join Dean Grover “Cleve” Gilmore at a Retirement Celebration on Tuesday, May 9th, to honor M.C. “Terry” Hokenstad, PhD, upon the occasion of his retirement from teaching, to celebrate his illustrious 43-year academic career at the Mandel School, and to recognize his substantial worldwide impact.

The celebration at 4:00 to 6:00 p.m. in the Mandel School Noble Commons will feature special guest speakers, a video tribute to Dr. Hokenstad, and a cocktail reception.

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To make a gift in Professor Hokenstad’s honor, visit and denote “Hokenstad International Scholarship Fund.”

Question about the event or the scholarship fund? Contact Marianne Lax at or 216.368.1832.

About Professor Terry Hokenstad

Dr. Hokenstad is a Distinguished University Professor and the Ralph S. and Dorothy P. Schmitt Professor at the Jack, Joseph and Morton Mandel School of Applied Social Sciences at Case Western Reserve University, where he served as Dean from 1974 to 1983. He is also a Professor of Global Health at the School of Medicine at Case Western Reserve.

He is on the front lines of aging issues for Clevelanders and people around the world through his work with AGE-Friendly Cleveland, the United Nations, and as a world-renowned social work scholar. Dr. Hokenstad maintains a full schedule of teaching (including courses on Aging, Social Policy, and International Social Work), research, travel, and consulting – as he strives to expand the field of social work and transform the communities we live and age in.

Dr. Hokenstad is a scholar with a deep commitment to service. He recently chaired both the Executive Committee and the Advisory Council of the AGE-Friendly Cleveland initiative, which culminated in the delivery of the AGE-Friendly Cleveland Action Plan to the World Health Organization (WHO) in December 2016. Cleveland received the designation of Age-Friendly City from the WHO in 2015, a process personally facilitated by Dr. Hokenstad.

Internationally, he is a member of the Non-Governmental Organization Committee on Ageing at the United Nations, and is active in the Chinese Collaborative, which includes regular teaching and consultation at Beijing Normal University.

The author of nine books, Dr. Hokenstad has received nearly every lifetime achievement award in the field of social work, including being named a Social Work Pioneer by the National Association of Social Workers. A member of the Ohio Senior Citizens Hall of Fame, he lives in Shaker Heights with his wife, Dorothy. They are the proud parents of three daughters (two of whom, Alene and Laura, are Mandel School alumni) and two grandchildren.