Edward Thompson is now Professor Emeritus of Sociology. He retired from undergraduate teaching in June 2013. He received his BA in sociology on the left coast at California State University, Sacramento, and his PhD in sociology in 1980 from Case Western Reserve University (Cleveland). He has long been interested in matters of gender and family life, taught courses on sociology of men, medical sociology, aging & society, sociology of mental health, men and violence, and families and societies. Thompson continues to study the social worlds of older men, and publishes on men experiences as older men and family life masculinities. He edited the first collection of original articles examining elderly men (Older Men's Lives, 1994) and another on Men as Caregivers (2001), and published A Man’s Guide to Healthy Aging (2013). He is active in the Gerontological Society of America, encourages researchers to study men's lives, and enjoys maintaining relations with his former students.