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.
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.