Series IIIIn Series III, we'll profile 13 new individuals redefining later life.
The Health Crusader
At 19, as a recruit in Churchill’s secret army, Helen Taylor Thompson sent coded messages to agents in France and Germany. She went on to co-ordinate the opening of the first AIDS hospice in Europe and co-founded Community Action Network (CAN) and Thare Machi Education, charities which reach out to vulnerable people all over the world today.
Arthur Taussig has a master’s degree in biochemistry and a doctorate in biophysics from UCLA. In the early 1960s, he went on to teach film and photography at Orange Coast College, a community college in California. When he retired in 2001, at the age of 60, his life’s work really began.
After a career in marketing in the beauty industry, Angela Laws came out of retirement to become marketing and social-media manager for TrustedHousesitters, a global digital business that matches house and pet-sitters. With no digital marketing skills, she had to learn how to create online content and manage digital communities.
An Artist's Impression
Fresh from high school, Floyd Norman began his career as an in-betweener at Walt Disney studios. The first African-American artist to work at Disney, he has successfully spanned the worlds of hand-drawn and computer animation. Floyd Norman was the subject of the 2016 documentary, “An Animated Life.”
The Bard's Bluestocking
Retired journalist and author of six books, Joy has completed five degrees and is putting the finishing touches to her PHD on Elizabethan literature at the Shakespeare Institute, University of Birmingham. Not content with scholarship alone, she has directed several plays for the Institute’s theatre group.