You’re never too old to teach, or at least that’s what we learned from 93-year-old Dale, a resident at The Commons on Marice. Dale was, at times, a professor, department head, and dean of the School of Veterinary Medicine for the University of Minnesota. As Dale puts it, “I was department head for a long, long time, and I rose to be a dean for a while. Large animal medicine, that was my specialty.”
But just because Dale retired, doesn’t mean he’s finished working with his alma mater. “I’m still going up to the University of Minnesota every Wednesday,” he says.
From Veterinarian to Historian
“I’m writing the history of the college, and I’m just about done with that,” he says. Every week Dale adds to his dissertation on the history of University of Minnesota’s School of Veterinary Medicine, and he’s the perfect person to accomplish that project.
With many years of experience at the school, he’s not just studied its history, he’s lived it. You wouldn’t know it from talking to him, though. “I don’t feel 93, I feel like I’m in my 70s or 80s,” he says.
Benefits of Working From Home
When Dale isn't working on his dissertation, he enjoys relaxing at home. He’s never without something fun to do or places to go, either. His calendar regularly fills up with activities. “I try to take in as many things as I can," he says. "I go to the musicals and I go to the happy hours."
And Dale likes the people at The Commons on Marice, too. “It’s like living in a five-star hotel," he says. "The facilities are very nice, and the people that work here are so kind and helpful. It’s like being on vacation all the time.”