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Courthouse Clerk Earns Bachelor’s Degree at Age 72

Courthouse Clerk Earns Bachelor’s Degree at Age 72

New Jersey courthouse clerk Elaine Bialow, employed by the Middlesex County Courthouse, graduated this week from Rutgers University with a bachelor’s degree in political science. She is 72 years old.

Bialow worked toward her political science degree not for a promotion or more money, but for her own edification.

“I wanted the degree for me,” she said. “I’m not leaving (my job). I love my job. I love the work environment. I just did it for myself.”

Ms. Bialow previously earned her associate degree in paralegal studies in 2002 and plans to continue to work full-time.

New Brunswick Home News Journal

In a related story, another New Jersey resident Dominick Ruggiero, who has an associate degree in paralegal studies from Pasco-Hernando Community College in Florida, graduated from Rutgers University with a bachelor’s degree in liberal studies. He is 76 years old. (Philadelphia Inquirer)

C.S. Lewis said, “You are never too old to set another goal or to dream a new dream.” Of course, Mae West’s take on this is, “You’re never too old to become younger.” I myself am a big believer in the power of continuing education, formal or informal, to help keep us young at heart and in spirit.

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