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Today's older Ohioans are a diverse and vital bunch who span three generations. They have lived through wars and hard times, as well as periods of unprecedented prosperity. They pioneered new technologies in medicine, communications and industry while spearheading a cultural revolution that won equal rights for minorities, women and Americans with disabilities. These remarkable achievements demonstrate the strength and character of older Ohioans and older Americans, and underscore the debt of gratitude we owe to the generations that have given our society so much. But the contributions of these generations are not only in the past.
Ohioans are living longer and are more active than ever before. They continue to contribute to companies and organizations beyond retirement. They volunteer in their communities. They advocate for and provide services to children, families and other older adults. Their energy and commitment remind all Ohioans to do our parts to enhance the quality of life for all generations.
Each year, the Ohio Department of Aging inducts a group of Ohioans into the Ohio Senior Citizens Hall of Fame. These individuals are honored for their personal achievements and contributions to others; for the roles they play in their communities, state and nation; and for what they do to promote productive and enjoyable lives beyond the traditional retirement age. This month, 13 individuals enter the Hall of Fame. They have shown leadership and accomplishment in the fields of business, civic service, education, science, social services and voluntarism, to name a few.
Dr. Richard Bozian, of Cincinnati, established the department of nutrition at the University of Cincinnati medical school and devoted his professional career to research and teaching. He is a science advisor and lecturer, and regularly demonstrates what old age can be with good nutrition, exercise and intellectual curiosity.
Allen Brokaw, of Marietta, is a major contributor to his community. Through his service to various organizations, he has helped young people and families achieve their potential. He combines a keen business mind with a genuine concern for his neighbors to have a positive influence on all the people and projects he has touched.
Robert Conrad, of Cleveland, has been the voice of classical music and the arts in Cleveland for more than four decades. He founded Cleveland's classical music station, WCLV 104.9-FM, has raised millions for area arts organizations and promoted appreciation and support of cultural assets. In 2001, Mr. Conrad and his partners created the WCLV Foundation so that classical music on the radio would continue in perpetuity.
Joan Gordon, of Bowling Green, is an outstanding communicator and has helped bring the world to northwest Ohio through her service at the Sentinel Tribune, WBGU-TV and Bowling Green State University. She is devoted to her community and even served as the head of the planning committee for Bowling Green's 175th anniversary celebration.
Charles Greene, of Tallmadge, worked in education and civic service for more than 40 years. He broke ground for African-American achievement at Kent State University, helped save decaying neighborhoods, and provided opportunities to disadvantaged youth. Today, he continues to educate others about socio-cultural and racial differences.
Jim Harris, of Lima, has helped feed thousands of residents through the West Ohio Food Bank, which he helped establish. He helps raise funds for senior services through the Allen County Council on Aging and provides free income tax preparation for older members of his community. His commitment has enhanced the quality of life for many families.
Duke Iden, of Alliance, is an accomplished pilot, master cabinet maker and machinist, bricklayer, meteorologist, dead reckoning navigator and minor court judge. He taught WWII fighter pilots as a civilian instructor and continues to celebrate the legacy of aviation through his service in organizations and at events.
Joan Lawrence, of Galena, is an accomplished public servant. She served eight terms in the Ohio House of Representatives, where she helped expand job training and child care programs. Through leadership roles at the Ohio Department of Aging and AARP, as well as other organizations, she has helped to ensure that Ohioans age with dignity, and to help all Ohioans fulfill their goals and dreams.
Warner Moore, of Jacobsburg, has contributed to public education and the lives of students, teachers and administrators throughout the state. As an administrator and superintendent of St. Clairsville-Richland City Schools, he mentored teachers with the philosophy that they were "entering a privileged profession." He expanded that philosophy statewide with his service at the Ohio Department of Education.
Allen Newell, of Upper Sandusky, has been a fixture in his community for decades. He served 31 years as a postman in Wyandot County and 32 years as an active member of the Wyandot County Sheriff's Auxiliary. He has helped save lives in his community and also on a national scale, having traveled to New York City to help with the clean-up and rescue efforts following the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks.
Paul Newman, grew from his roots in Shaker Heights to become an internationally recognized celebrity, successful businessman and a passionate philanthropist. He was nominated for nine Academy Awards and won in 1986 for "The Color of Money." In 1982, he founded Newman's Own, Inc. which today is a successful food business that donates all of its profits to thousands of charities worldwide.
Dr. Mel Simon, of Gallipolis, saves lives through regular medical missions to perform free surgeries for indigent patients in remote areas of the Philippines. He and a team of medical personnel he recruited have performed more than 400 surgeries a year. Back home, he still works as a semi-retired physician and urologist in his private practice and as a volunteer physician at the French 500 Free Clinic in his community.
Dr. Lynn Wolaver, of Fairborn, has made contributions to the world of medicine, including developing the theoretical basis for the insulin pump used to regulate blood sugar for diabetics. He has authored more than 60 technical papers on various topics and wrote the textbook Modern Techniques in Astrodynamics.
How will these amazing stories inspire you to age strong and live long? Learn more about the 2010 Ohio Senior Citizens Hall of Fame inductees.