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Richard Suz­man, 72, stud­ied aging Amer­ica

- By Emily Langer The Wash­ing­ton Post

Richard Suz­man, a Na­tional In­sti­tutes of Health of­fi­cial who pushed re­searchers to leap across dis­ci­plines in pur­suit of knowl­edge about aging and im­prov­ing the aging process, died April 16 at a hos­pi­tal in Bethesda, Md. He was 72.

The cause was com­pli­ca­tions from amy­otrophic lat­eral scle­ro­sis, also known as Lou Gehrig’s dis­ease, said his wife, Jan­ice Krup­nick.

Suz­man was a South African na­tive trans­planted to the United States, where he be­came a scholar of the phe­nom­e­non called the “gray­ing of Amer­ica.”

He spent nearly his en­tire ca­reer at the Na­tional In­sti­tute on Aging in Bethesda, part of NIH. Since1998 he had served as direc­tor of the di­vi­sion of be­hav­ioral and so­cial re­search, one of the largest fun­ders in the United States of re­search in the so­cial sciences.

Richard Michael Suz­man was born in Jo­han­nes­burg on Aug. 9, 1942. He was a nephew of He­len Suz­man, one of South Africa’s most force­ful white ac­tivists against apart-heid. Sur­vivors in­clude his wife of 38 years, Jan­ice Krup­nick of Chevy Chase, Md.; two chil­dren, Jes­sica Suz­man of Chevy Chase and Daniel Suz­man of Wash­ing­ton; and three broth­ers.

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