2017: Ageless Remarkable St. Louisans
Reverend Jack Batten has touched countless lives over his 90 years on earth, and he shows no signs of stopping anytime soon.
“If I, in any way, make a commitment to you, you can count on me keeping it.”
Sr. Judith Ann Bell, 77, continues to serve in a leadership position with the Franciscan Sisters of Mary, and as Board President for The Sarah Community.
“There’s always more to do!”
Judy Bentley, 79, runs the largest free health clinic in the City of St. Louis, serving thousands of uninsured individuals and families each year.
“The beauty of aging is the constant growth in wisdom and the joy of sharing love by providing service to others.”
Don Carlson, 82, has made supporting victims of domestic violence his primary cause for more than 30 years.
“If there’s an issue that has me interested and concerned over the years, it’s domestic violence.”
Dr. Will Carpenter (87) and his wife, Hellen (85), have inspired countless others through their career and volunteer and charitable work.
“I want to leave the world a little better than I found it.”
Louis Cohen, 80, is one of the most popular volunteer tutors in the OASIS Intergenerational Tutoring Program.
“Age is not a barrier.”
Dr. Arthur Gale, 87, has practiced internal medicine for 54 years, and continues to share his knowledge and experiences with others through writing, lectures and advocacy.
“Ninety is the new seventy.”
Barbara Gehringer, 79, is a star volunteer with organizations such as the Animal Protective Association and the Center for Women in Transition.
“Make the most of each moment you have.”
Ray Hoffstetter, 91, spent 50 years at Channel 5 on the frontlines of everything happening in St. Louis, and he continues to share his memories and experiences with audiences young and old.
“A funny thing happened on the way to retirement."
Dr. Ira Kodner, 76, remains an active and nationally recognized expert in the field of medical ethics.
“I’ve always loved doing things no one else wanted to do.”
Ted Kretschmar, 81, has spent his retirement working to help others in need.
Volunteers extraordinaire Joan and Norman Krumrey are constantly on the go at ages 83 and 86, always looking for new ways to contribute and broaden their horizons.
“Aging: it is what it is and you move on.”
Judy Luepke, 81, is a St. Louis tour guide, volunteer, fundraiser, and inspiration for many.
“You can do a lot more than you think you can.”
Arthur J. McDonnell, 75, has dedicated his life to public service and the betterment of his Kirkwood community.
“Every person has value.”
Henrietta Parram, 80, remains an active and forceful advocate for her neighborhood and its residents.
“The only thing age can do is slow us down.”
Judith L. Roberts, 82, has dedicated her life’s work to supporting and fostering music and arts in her hometown of Kirkwood.
“What does the Lord require of you? To do justice, to love kindness, and walk humbly with your God.” (Micah 6:8)
Dr. Earl Robert Schultz is still practicing medicine and mentoring students at age 86.
“It’s later than you think, so enjoy it.”
William Siedhoff has dedicated his life to helping others less fortunate, and he continues to do so at age 75.
“It’s too important not to get involved.”
Robert Snyder, 79, has committed himself in retirement to looking after others living in long-term care.
“I have a consuming interest in all things senior.”
Bernice Thompson, 81, has been helping others all her life as a social worker and mental health therapist.
“The greatest joys come from being in service to others.”