Congratulations to these 10 finalists for the 2016 Glenn Shepard
Leadership Award. The winner will be announced in late November.
Transamerica Retirement Solutions
Dr. Larry McIntire and Mr. Rudolph Farber
Medical School Alliance
President & CEO
Galveston Chamber of Commerce
Jack Kepley, Scoutmaster
Jared Freeman, President & CEO
ASE Credit Union
Rick Tebay, Plant Manager
Jack Link's Beef
Wendy Egli, GM
In 2012, I did a seminar in Anderson,
Indiana, that will haunt me forever.
The night before, I
was scheduled to have dinner with my father-in-law, who lived in
nearby Muncie. But that dinner never happened, because he died
I met my sister-in-law and the coroner at
his house, and was asked to call his best friend, a 90 year old
WWII veteran named Bud.
They were both widowed, and had
become very close friends very late in life.
Bud saw the
caller ID, assumed it was my father-in-law, and began talking
about how excited he was about their upcoming trip to Myrtle
When I broke the news to him, he wept inconsolably
and kept saying “Glenn, I just lost my best friend. You don’t
know how hard it is to find friends at my age. What am I going
to do now?”
I was so afraid he would die of a broken
heart that I was praying to God that I’d say the right thing.
I did the only thing I could think of, which was to
remind him that he survived losing his beloved wife four years
earlier, and survived his ship sinking after being torpedoed by
a Japanese submarine 70 years earlier.
He would survive
losing his best friend.
Fast forward to 2016.
week I called to wish him a happy 94th birthday, and asked if he
was chasing any wild women. His response was “Only if they don’t
run very fast!”
At the end of the call, I said I’d let
him get back to chasing all those women. His response was “If I
catch one, I’ll have to call and have you remind me what I’m
supposed to do next”.
Bud and I have grown close over
the past four years, and he has never once complained about
As my Baby Boomer generation continues its
never ending pursuit of how to stay forever young, I wonder if
Bud’s generation may have already found it. At least one element
of it… to always laugh and make the most out of whatever hand
life has dealt you.
To Your Success,
I should also mention that Bud still
works two days a week as a volunteer, and walks two miles every
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