As he prepared to retire in 2020, Vollmer thought about both future and past generations. He planned projects to do for his great-grandchildren, and he remembered his father’s teaching. In an interview, he said that he had always tried to follow something his father taught him growing up–to be sure and say thank you. I love that he followed his dad’s teachings for over 100 years. Vollmer also honored his wife—he retired on their wedding anniversary.
Some people begin even later than mid-life. Grandma Moses began painting in her seventies. She was 76 when an art collector discovered her paintings.