Centenarian Stories

In addition to studying the genetics and lifestyles associated with longevity, part of our goal is to share the historical and personal stories of centenarians. We believe that they are living historical treasures and that their insight is invaluable.

Marguerite Robertson, age 110, shares stories of her childhood in Nova Scotia, local history, rural volunteer efforts, and some words of wisdom.

Rose Kaufman, age 104, remembers some new inventions, major events, and childhood entertainment.

Austin Dunn, age 108, remembers the advent of air travel, delivering milk in his small town, and the importance of voting.


Doris Smith, age 107, talks with her friend Joan about her first ride in a car, the advent of social security, and living on Nantucket.


Elinor Downs, age 106, shares stories of her careers as a researcher and archaeologist, her experiences during WWII, as well as good advice she’s gotten over the years.

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of BU School of Medicine