Tuesday, March 3, 2015

Age is No Barrier (Continued): 8. Newell

Newell is a nephrologist who spent most of his medical career in Virginia and retired early to Florida.
(I had to look it up, too . . . nephrologists treat illnesses of the kidneys.)
As a youth, Newell stuttered.  The stuttering went away when he was doing ventriloquism.


Newell's newest puppet is Lester, an alcoholic with a red nose, bleary eyes and a bit of stubble.  Newell performs a couple of times a year with other doctors in talent shows for local charities.


After retiring to Naples, where he plays golf and reads voraciously, Newell (74) realized he missed being a doctor and that there were many residents who needed help.  So, he became a volunteer physician at the Neighborhood Health Clinic, which provides very low cost medical care for underprivileged, working and uninsured members of the community.
Newell volunteers in the clinic one or two days a week.

20 comments:

PerthDailyPhoto said...

I can see how it would be hard to totally give up on a rewarding career, it's really good that many retirees don't have to these days. This is an inspiring series of posts Jack.

Janet said...

Great guy!

Sharon Anck said...

Another accomplished senior! Good for him!

Luis Gomez said...

I like Newell!

Kate said...

A man to be admired!

Karl Demetz said...

Nice, the first photo made me smile !
I had to smile before he began his performance, can you imagine that?

Malyss said...

Naples has a lot of fantastic people !

Sylvia K said...

Another terrific post, Jack!! Such wonderful, admirable people in Naples! I have and am enjoying this series SO much!! I do love "Lester"! How fun!! Thanks for sharing these!!!

RedPat said...

Another great person you are showing us, Jack!

VP said...

We would need more doctors like Newell...

Dianne said...

Good to see he is using his medical knowledge to help the community Jack ... I love his little bushy browed side-kick Lester.

jennyfreckles said...

You do come across some interesting people.

Tanya Breese said...

he sure doesn't look 74!

William Kendall said...

I'm surprised ventriloquism could have that kind of effect on stuttering.

Randy said...

Another piece of an awesome series.

Bob Crowe said...

Good for him. We have a couple of clinics like that in our area. The doctors are dedicated but the offices are sadly lacking in resources.

EG CameraGirl said...

Applause for Newell! Sounds like he has a great attitude.

Sue said...

Great series Jack!

LOLfromPasa said...

What a nice man.

Oakland Daily Photo said...

Bravo, Newell. This is a win-win for him and the community.