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If you visit the Durham Convention and Visitors Bureau on 212 West Main Street you are likely to meet Donald Lowrence (Lowrence). He is an 81-year-old who is eager to assist you in finding your way around the city. As he looks no older than 70-years-old, Mr. Lowrence has numerous stories to tell and a wealth of information about the city of Durham.

Mr. Lowrence shared everything he thought I was interested in knowing about Durham but I was more fascinated with his story. I asked him, “What is your secret for staying young?” Mr. Lowrence stated that he has been a volunteer at the Durham Convention and Visitors Bureau for twelve years after retiring from the University of North Carolina (UNC) as a Nursing Instructor Supervisor. Prior to working at UNC, he was a principle at Rogers-Herr Middle School, CC Spaulding Elementary School, James E. Shepard Middle School, and Holloway Street School where he was responsible for integrating both CC Spaulding and Holloway Street School. Receiving his Bachelors Degree from Winston-Salem State University, Mr. Lowrence went on to receive his Graduate Degree in Education from North Carolina Central University in 1963.

What is his secret to longevity? Mr. Lowrence says it is all about volunteering and staying active. He declared that everyone should have a plan after retirement but sitting around is not one of them. Mr. Lowrence enjoys volunteering because it allows him to interact with the public, which also helps him to stay connected to what is happening in Durham. These opportunities consistently keeps him rejuvenated!

So for our young adults, take the time to volunteer with senior citizens who are ready to share their stories and experience that I call wisdom. For our retired adults, your service is equally important and you are never too old to contribute your life’s experience through volunteering. Whether you are young or old, the commitment to volunteer it an outward expression of life, love, and selflessness.

Published: Thursday, November 16, 2017
by Assistant Director, Ruby S Messick
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