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AARP Was founded by Ethel Percy Andrus
when she was 73.
“The Challenge, to live up to our better selves,Ethel Percy Andrus
to believe well of our fellow men and perhaps by doing so to help create the good, to experiment,
to explore, to change, and to grow.”
The story of AARP founder Dr. Ethel Percy Andrus exemplifies how one impassioned volunteer can improve the lives of many.
When Dr. Andrus retired as a high school principal in Los Angeles in 1944, she was appalled to discover the woeful inadequacy of California teacher pensions. She began checking into the well-being of her state’s retired teachers and recognized a real need for greater advocacy on their behalf. In 1947, Dr. Andrus founded NRTA and, as its volunteer National President, succeeded in securing a groundbreaking benefit for its members – the nation’s first affordable group health insurance policy for older Americans. But that wasn’t enough. Dr. Andrus then turned her energies to addressing the issues of ALL Americans facing retirement and in 1958, AARP was born. Dr. Andrus worked tirelessly well into her 80’s, always on a volunteer basis, to lead AARP and enhance the quality of life for all as we age.
Create The Good honors Dr. Andrus’ guiding principle “to serve and not to be served,” providing committed individuals nationwide with resources to share their life experiences and life skills where they are needed most.
Facts About Ethel
- Lived her life by the motto,
“To serve, not to be served,” which remains the AARP motto.
- A long-time educator and first woman high-school principal
- She founded AARP in 1958 at the age of 73.
- She was inducted into the National Women's Hall of Fame in 1993.
“Remember, one person with faith & love for his fellows isEthel Percy Andrus
equal to the force of ninety-nine with only selfish interests.”