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Thornton, James E.
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James E. Thornton (b. 1927) received his MA (1967) and Ph.D. (1972) in Adult Education from the University of Michigan. From 1969 until his retirement in 1992, Thornton taught in the Administrative, Adult and Higher Education Department at the University of British Columbia. His research interests concern the impact of educational, social and economic programs on the development and well-being of older adults. Current research interests are education for the third age: second careers, retirement, leisure activity, ageing in the workforce, and life-span learning and education. At UBC, Thornton introduced a graduate course in educational gerontology and ageing themes. From 1980 to 1990, he served as co-ordinator for the Faculty of Graduate Studies Committee on Gerontology. The Committee encouraged teaching and research programs in faculties, schools and departments.