Un- (re)Tiring Heroes

A legend died yesterday. That legend is one of my heroes – veteran newsman Daniel Schorr. He died at age 93 with his boots still on – still the senior news analyst at National Public Radio. He had chosen to continue to do what he loved to do – what he was good at and what benefited so many others. How I looked forward to his familiar voice (which I have heard since I was a child listening to his reports on the evening news), his dry humor, and the amazing historical context into which he was able to put contemporary news.

I realize the similarity with another of my personal heroes the Rt. Rev. Daniel Corrigan who at age 70 had retired as a Suffragan Bishop and as a departmental executive officer of the Episcopal Church and became the dean of my seminary and a personal mentor.

I have another local hero in the Rev. Dan Pope. Here is another Dan who continue to work actively in a field he loved to the great benefit of others.

Each of these men chose to continued to do what they loved to do far beyond that artificially constructed age, called retirement.  I recall colleagues of my mother, when she in her late 60’s and early 70’s was still working as school secretary, asking her why she didn’t retire. As a if her enjoyment of her job and her ability to continue to be productive was strange.

I hope that like Dan Schorr, Dan Corrigan, and Dan Pope I may continue to do that which I love – work with God’s people to make the world a little bit more like God would have it and us to be.

Don

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The Rev Don Hill is an Episcopal priest, rail fan and writer. He and his wife the Rev. Dr. Nancy Woodworth-Hill are currently Co-Pastors of St Paul's Episcopal Church, Jeffersonville IN, in the Diocese of Indianapolis. They also work as parish consultants in Appreciative Inquiry, strategic planning and spirituality development for parishes and vestries.
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