After retiring as a pediatrician at 65, Bertram Koel returned to school to earn a master’s degree in public health. For more than 10 “very fulfilling” years, he used both his new degree and his former skills as an advocate for children on the policy level. In his mid-80s, he retired a second time and began looking for a place to take classes.
Eight years ago at 86, Koel enrolled in the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute at San Francisco State University. Probably the oldest student at OLLI, Koel has been an avid supporter of the program. These days, and formerly with his late wife, Renee Golanty Koel, he has attended almost all of the writing classes, and gladly shared excerpts of his work at OLLI creativity events.
Check out the J Weekly article on OLLI by member Judy Goddess