Joseph Coughlin ’82, right, director of MIT’s AgeLab, was one of three keynotes speakers at the 2013 CEO Forum in Napa Valley, Calif., in November. His talk on the impact of demographic change and aging on global business followed former U.S. Secretary of Defense and CIA Director Robert Gates and preceded former U.S. President Bill
Joseph Coughlin ’82, who is internationally known for his work in gerontology and public policy, received an honorary doctor of science degree from the State University of New York May 12 at Oswego’s 151st Commencement. Coughlin, the founding director of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology AgeLab, shared the words of an Oswego professor who deflected Coughlin’s gratitude toward future generations. “Perhaps the best advice I still carry with me from Oswego — give thanks to those who invested in you by being generous with others tomorrow,” Coughlin told the graduates and their families. The Oswego Alumni Association honored him with the Distinguished Alumnus Award in 2003, and he has been the keynote speaker at Quest, the college’s annual symposium of scholarly research and creative activity.