Pauline Abbott — a Shining Star

Pauline Abbott, director of Cal State Fullerton’s Institute of Gerontology, will be honored later this month as a “Shining Star in Education,” by WomanSage, a non-profit, membership organization dedicated to educating, empowering and fostering mentoring relationships among women at midlife.

September 15, 2006

Abbott will join other honorees at the organization’s Sept. 29 dinner on the eve of the organization’s third annual conference, “Creating a New Agenda: 2006.” Last year’s recipient of the “Shining Star in Education” was Marian Bergeson, former secretary of education under Gov. Pete Wilson and member of the California State Board of Education.
WomanSage honors women as shining (and rising) stars for contributions in various fields and industries. Abbott was selected to receive the education award based upon her contributions to the fields of education and women. She was specifically cited for her role in developing programs to educate the workforce about the needs of older adults, as well as volunteering her time and expertise to various nonprofit agencies that focus on older adults.
Abbott, who joined the university in 1999, was a delegate at the 2005 White House Conference on Aging in Washington D.C. In 2004, Abbott testified before the Joint Legislative Hearing on Aging and Long-Term Care in Sacramento, urging additional support to meet the educational needs in dealing with an aging population. She was honored in 2003 by the Orange County Red Cross as its Woman of the Year in Education in recognition of her efforts that included incorporating education into the California Master Plan for Aging.


Pauline Abbott
Pauline Abbott