September 27, 2022

Oldest Active Park Ranger in the U.S. Retires at 100

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RICHMOND, Calif. – While some people are making moves to retire early in life, others love their work so much and have the health to keep going and going. Now, America’s oldest active park ranger is finally retiring at the age of 100.

Yes, she’s 100 years old and just now retiring. According to the National Park Service, Betty Reid Soskin retired last week following more than 15 years at the Rosie the Riveter/World War Two Home Front National Historical Park in Richmond, California.

Soskin was very involve with the park, as she led tours there and talked about her experience as a Black woman working in America during World War II. She was also a civil rights activist and a businesswoman before scoring a temporary Park Service position when she was 84.

She has been a permanent employee of the part since 2011. Needless to say, she will be greatly missed by her coworkers and the park’s visitors.