Our Interview with Resident Bob Leventhal


Posted by Kia Crawford on December 7th, 2011 in Alpharetta, GA | No Comments

Where did you grow up?bob-leventhal
Attleboro, Mass.

What are some of your favorite memories from your childhood?
I grew up on a farm. Although it was hard work, it was fun.

What are some of your favorite memories from your adulthood?
I loved being in the Army. I was a paratrooper in the Army. Also, I was the youngest child so I received all the hand-me-down clothes. The Army gave me 5 uniforms which were the first new clothes I had.

Did you have a profession? If so what industry were you in and what did you do?
I have a Masters Degree in Avian Microbiology. I developed new vaccines for turkeys and chickens.

Do you remember what was happening in your life during a significant event in US history such as WWII, Vietnam, Woodstock or any other historical events?
I was milking cows in the barn and turned on the radio when I heard the announcement of the bombing of Pearl Harbor. I joined the Army in 1944 at the age of 19.

Which accomplishments in your life do you feel most proud of?
I developed a vaccine for cholera in turkeys. No one else had that vaccine.

Is there anything you’ve learned in life you wish to share with someone who is just graduating college?
Work harder than you’re paid. If you’re paid $10 an hour, give your employer $10.50 worth.

Is there anything you’ve learned in life you wish to share with someone who is just starting a family?
Get fresh air! If you feel a fight coming between you and your spouse, just go out for some fresh air.

What brought you to move to senior living in Alpharetta? Or Why did you choose Dogwood Forest?
My son chose Dogwood of Alpharetta because of the care, activities and friendly staff.

How do you enjoy Dogwood Forest’s senior living community here in Alpharetta as your new home?
I’d rather be home, but since I can’t, I’m glad I’m here.

What is your favorite part of living at Dogwood?
The food and activities.

Who is your best friend at Dogwood?
My son.