Date and Place of Birth: January 19, 1921, in Butler, Pennsylvania
My Family: I was married to my wife Miriam; she died six years ago. Our four daughters live in California, Arizona, Michigan and Pennsylvania, about 120 miles from me.
My Favorite Retreat: I love Lake Sacandaga in the foothills of the Adirondacks. Sacandaga means "Land of the Waving Grass" in the local Native American language. My family and I loved to tent camp and did so every summer on the lake. We lived in the Adirondacks for 43 years. My first church was in Northville, New York (Fulton County). Miriam and I retired to Northville and lived in a big farmhouse on Lake Sacandaga for the last 17 of the 43 years we were in the Adirondacks prior to moving back to Pennsylvania. I currently live in Cross Keys Village, a Church of the Brethren retirement community.
I’m Really Good At: Bicycling. I ride every day, or I did until last fall when I had an accident and broke my hip. My recovery has gone well and I hope to get back to my daily biking very soon.
Something I Can Improve On: I wish I could visit my friends more!
My Favorite Sound: I love the sound of a waterfall, a gurgling stream, and especially Niagara Falls!
My Dislikes: I get very impatient with people who don’t have an interest in volunteering. I think it’s very important to volunteer.
My Favorite Books: I don’t really have a favorite book, but I do have a favorite author: David McCullough. I am currently reading his book The Great Bridge, which tells the story of the building of the Brooklyn Bridge. I also enjoyed his books 1776 and Truman.
A Significant Change I've Noticed Since I was Younger: The introduction and growth of technology, especially television and the Internet.
One Thing I Wish I'd Known When I was Younger: I was never a very good student, and I always wanted to be an honor student. I never wanted to sit still long enough. I was always fidgeting.
One Word to Describe Me: Active. I’ve always been very active and think it’s very important, especially as we get older.
What I Hope Others Say After I'm Gone: I hope they will say, “He was a good man.”
Why I'm Leaving a Legacy with Heifer: I believe in Heifer’s work. I became interested in them during my work in the ministry. Over the years, I took my church’s youth groups to visit Heifer’s Native American projects in Arizona, New Mexico and Rochester, New York. My wife and I did volunteer work at Heifer Farm in Rutland, Massachusetts and also visited Heifer Ranch in Perryville, Arkansas. We found our work with Heifer to be very rewarding.