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Retired?  Maybe.  But hardly washed up.  Take it from the judge.

Read more for the accomplishments of seniors from age 80 to 101:

“advanced age, without more, proves…neither incapacity nor the fact of undue influence….

“At 80, Verdi wrote Falstaff, Goethe wrote Faust, and Cato began the study of Greek.

“At 81, Franklin counseled the Constitutional Convention, and still later urged its adoption by the colonies.

“At 86, Shaw was producing plays, Churchill was writing his History of the English Speaking People, Russell finished Human Knowledge, and Sweitzer continued to pour out literature and philosophy, while practicing missionary medicine.

“Hobbes translated the Odyssey at 87, and the following year the Illiad.

“Roscoe Pound, at 89, published his five-volume work on Jurisprudence.

“Michelangelo died at the threshold of 90 and, to the last, was active in his artistic decoration of St. Peter’s Basilica.

“At 90, Titian painted “The Battle of Lepanto.”

“Mr. Justice Holes was writing opinions at 90, and yearned to be young man of 70.  At 92, he read Plato in the Greek, as he said, “to improve my mind.”

“Grandma Moses painted more than a thousand pictures after she began painting at the age of 77.  She left unfinished her “Beautiful World” which she began at the age of 101.  Her pictures hang in the galleries of Europe and America.

“The law does not render persons incompetent upon proof merely of advanced age.”

Price v Johnston, 352 S.W. 2d 864. 865 (Tex. Civ. App. – San Antonio 1962, writ dism’d)

Terry Garrett is a member of the National Academy of Elder Law Attorneys and is active in the Texas and Austin Bar Associations. She graduated with honors from Cornell University. She was on the Dean’s List at Wharton Business School. She earned her J.D. at Columbia Law School, receiving the Parker Award and a Mellon Fellowship.

She assists families of people with special needs, people planning for the retirement years and people administering estates.


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