Amidst the gloom, despondency and pessimism in the business world at the moment I was absolutely thrilled yesterday to talk once more to my academic supervisor and life guru Professor George Giarchi from the
George tells me he has made a decision to stop working as Professor in Social Care at the University in 2010. He will work to July 2010 on his current contract of two and a half days per week. He will be 80 years old in November 2010 and so he feels it is time to call it a day in his academic career.
He tells me he now has a degenerative eye disease which means one day he will not be able to read - which is heartbreaking for him as a veracious reader of all things. George already has plans to overcome that ‘minor problem’ as he sees it.
When I told him I could not imagine him ‘putting his feet up’ he quickly told me of his ambitious plans for a new project, returning to an old love of wood turning which he has not been able to do seriously since he was in his 30’s.
So what the point of this posting I hear you say …
Well apart from this being a good news story I think George is simply a wonderful man and a gifted mentor. A perfect role model who is loved by probably thousand of students …. He is just a very nice man.
Whilst talking to him I suggested – tongue in cheek - that his vast experience of ethical issues in health and social care would be brilliant if he were to write a book on ethics in business - particularly given the current state of the world of finance. George’s infectious enthusiasm was immediate and he started to talk excitedly about the possibilities …… Watch this space….
Who said 80 was old?