On this page, Love of Aging is curating a collection of mini-profiles of some of the most interesting and inspiring role models we can find–people whose vibrancy and enthusiasm for life is only increasing as they age. We created a set of questions (a la Marcel Proust) designed to provide you with a glimpse into their hearts, minds, and lives.

Enjoy! And be on the lookout as we add new Glimpses to our collection.

Dan grew up in a small town in Nevada, went to college in San Diego, and never left California. Along the way he had careers in the performing arts, food service, and teaching and administering for the LAUSD Division of Adult and Career Education. 

Carol is passionate about making a difference and contributing to others. She loves life, especially now - at age 74. For over 51 years, Carol has worked as a Registered Nurse, and she currently works “virtually”. 

Gail was born and raised in Canada and is deeply committed to her own growth and development. She had a successful legal career, and has also worked both as a radio host and in Corporate Relations for the Los Angeles Olympic Organizing Committee during the 1984 Olympic Games.

Bonnie Pelnar Dietz is an artist, designer, teacher, and dive travel agent. She left her successful corporate career 25 years ago to start her company “Under Watercolours” and today teaches underwater photography at exotic tropical destinations around the world.

After completing 40 years as a creative director and educator in advertising, Julian Ryder founded The Right Brain Project—a creativity education and training firm helping leaders build creative cultures within their organizations. 

Before retirement, Sandy Owen was computer engineer by day, but best known as a recording artist, playing his own compositions on piano. He released a dozen albums in the 70's, 80's and 90's and was played regularly on radio and TV.

Durga McBroom is a singer/songwriter/actress, best known for her work with Pink Floyd and her band Blue Pearl. She travels the world performing and spreading joy.

Doug Young spent 35 years designing and building spacecraft and aircraft. He lived half his life in New England and half in Los Angeles. He remains very active–playing tennis, cycling, skiing, and completing triathlons.

Gale Barnum spent 45 years as a Manager, Coach and a Leader for Landmark Worldwide. She has coached and led programs for 150,000+ people all over the world, empowering them to create and fulfill new breakthrough possibilities for their life and living. She retired from that career in July of 2019 and she is actively engaged in and pursuing "what's next".

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