Wise Elder

Inspirational Wise Elder – Dr. Walt Youngquist

My friend Dr Walt Youngquist  was my Dad’s dearest friend.  Walt was Professor of Geology for the University of Oregon and he travelled to 70 countries studying the vital relationship of Earth resources to nations and individuals. He is the author of the award winning book “Geo Destinies” and several earlier books.  Dr Walt and my Dad spent many a day hunting fossils in Eastern Oregon. When I asked Walt my “top 3″ questions, here are his answers:

Dr Walt & Evie in July 2008

Q: Looking back from where you are at age 89, what is the most important lesson you’ve learned?

A: “Life is brief. Make the most of it”.

Q: If you could pass on one thing to those younger folks who follow – something that you wish you had learned or realized sooner – what would that be?

A: “The most important decision you will make in life is who you marry.”

Q: What brings you happiness and joy and makes life worth living?

A: “Friends”.

Dr Walt recently had aortic valve replacement surgery. Recovery is a challenge right now. Dr Walt is an inspiration and a very smart man. I am grateful that he has become my friend after the death of my father. I aspire to be a good friend to him.

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