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Alumni Live Long and Prosper

A few months ago, Jim Kim noted to a Texas interviewer that brothers at Dartmouth’s fraternities had a lower incidence of heart disease than the general population. However, it seems that the benefits of time spent in Hanover extend to all students — or at least they have for the Class of 1941, as reported by Gene Stollerman ‘41 in the most recent Alumni Magazine.

Having just received the class of 1941 list from the alumni magazine, I counted some 61 of us still going strong and almost 300 widows still in touch with the College! So almost 10 percent of our class has made it into the 90s, compared with far less than 1 percent of the U.S. general population of males. All epidemiological population studies agree that the major single factor in human longevity is support—financial, social and spiritual. We Ivy Leaguers should realize the gift of these ingredients… [Emphasis added]

From the U.S. Census Bureau: American nonagenarian population to quadruple by 2050: The population of Americans aged 90-plus nearly tripled in the past three decades, reaching 1.9 million in 2010, according to a new report released by the U.S. Census Bureau and supported by the National Institute on Aging. Those in the 90-plus-age range represent 4.7 percent of the 65-and-older population in the United States, according to the report. This is up from 2.8 percent in 1980. By the year 2050 the number of U.S. nonagenarians is expected to more than quadruple to roughly 8.7 million Americans. This age group should account for about 10 percent of all American seniors. I have a birth date December 6, 1920. Any one of you younger? So hang in there, ‘41!


In my own Class of 1979, we have lost only 30 classmates; they have passed away in a fairly evenly distributed pattern over the years: 1970’s: 3 deaths; 1980’s: 9 deaths; 1990’s: 5 deaths; 2000’s: 8 deaths; 2010’s: 5 deaths. That seems a small number for a class numbering over 1,000 matriculants who are now in their mid-50’s.

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