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Local senior citizens' contributions to be honored.

Byline: The Register-Guard

Six local people over age 60 will be recognized today for their work in social justice, the environment, health care, human rights and education as part of Older Americans Month.

The Lane County Coalition of Senior Programs will recognize:

Howard Pinnock, 100, of Eugene, for service to the environment and the community.

Pinnock can recall when it took two people on either end of a saw a long time to cut one tree; today, he said, "chainsaws make it too easy to eliminate the forest." He gets around on a scooter, visiting and talking with neighbors.

Jerry Prud'homme, 62, of Springfield, for work in social justice and education.

The retired educator is active in several diversity projects in Springfield schools and will serve on a coalition that advises the state on how to help diverse students excel. He is active in Habitat for Humanity, designing and building houses.

Martin Acker, 85, of Eugene, for service in health care.

The retired counseling psychologist teaches classes in feelings and communication for men, leads men's groups at the Eugene Hotel Retirement Center and participates in peace and justice work to change U.S. policy in Central America.

The late Dr. Donald England, 83, of Eugene, will be recognized for service in health care.

England, who died in April, retired from practice in 1989 and worked with the Eugene Clinic's geriatric service and clinical drug trials that encompassed early Alzheimer's research. He created a brain-healthy cookie and brownie recipe and volunteered with FOOD for Lane County.

Marion Malcolm, 68, of Eugene, for work in human rights.

Malcolm, the child of missionaries in India, continues to educate for positive change for human rights and dignity. She was involved in the "Understanding Anti-Semitism Project" and was lead coordinator of an annual Cesar Chavez event in Springfield.

Sister Margaret Graziano, 90, of Eugene, for service in education.

Graziano's work as a volunteer with inmates at the Lane County Jail has been nationally recognized. She teaches prisoners to draw and treats them with respect and dignity, officials said.

The event starts at 4 p.m. in the Willamalane Adult Activity Center, 215 West C St., Springfield. For more information call 726-4484.
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Date:May 17, 2007
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