Two years ago, I interviewed nearly a dozen eighty- and ninety-somethings who were still putting in a full day’s work. The article was for Twin Cities Business magazine.
My favorite interviewee was Minneapolis architect Ralph Rapson, who had designed numerous Twin Cities landmarks, including the original Guthrie Theater. Ralph was 92 and still working every day at his small architectural firm alongside his son, Toby, and grandson, Lane.
All the people I interviewed continued to find meaning and purpose in their work. I love this quote from 84-year-old Leonard Parker, whose instructor in a 1949 architectural class at MIT in Boston was none other than Ralph Rapson:
When you’re in a field of endeavor that requires creative input that leads to satisfying resolutions, how can you get tired of that? Every day is a new day.
I was especially touched by Ralph’s devotion to not only his work but to his late wife. Here is how I ended the introduction to the article:
Architect Ralph Rapson finds great comfort in the blueprint for daily living he received from his greatest supporter. “When my wife died five years ago,” he says, “her last words to me were, ‘Be brave, be strong, work hard and do good work.’”
We should all aspire to such goals.
Ralph died of sudden heart failure at the age of 93 on March 29, 2008. He had put in a full day’s work the day before.
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