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He’s 100 and an inspiration to us all!

The sound of dragging, then the tap of the rubber-tipped, three-pronged, metal cane, repeated methodically until after a few moments Ed would appear at my office door, his blue eyes twinkling, cheeks red with exertion. He always had a plastic grocery bag with him, filled with newspaper clippings, and occasionally a toy car for my collection. In 1999, I was Ed’s history professor and academic advisor, and he had become my student at the age of 80, finishing up a bachelor’s degree in history he had begun after completing his service in World War II.