Doctor of Substance
“I know who I am. I know why I am. And when you get right down to it, that’s what I try to teach my patients about themselves,” said Iadeluca, who entered a doctoral program at age 52 after being laid off as a New York State civil servant during a budget crisis in 1972. He was penniless when he received his Ph. D. in lifespan development from Syracuse University seven years later.
At 89, “Dr. Robby”, of Warrenton, Va., is as irrepressible
as his dance partner’s puppy, Madison.
After working for a decade as an army research psychologist, at 70, he embarked on a hospital internship in substance abuse at the University of Virginia. Nineteen years later, he continues to see patients six days a week. Among other things, he also leads a national book discussion on the history of civilization at http://www.SeniorLearn.org.