79-Year-Old Fulfills Lifelong Dream of Viewing an Eclipse

79-year-old Robert J. from Brookdale Bradenton missed his chance to view an eclipse 50 years ago.

His brother-in-law invited him to view the eclipse with his astronomy class, but Robert couldn’t make it. He’s regretted it ever since and hoped he would have another opportunity during his lifetime. 

On August 21st, the sun and moon aligned and Robert got his chance.

Although Wish of a Lifetime and Brookdale Senior Living cannot swing solar bodies into alignment in space, they partnered together to send Robert and his wife to a recent eclipse viewing party at the South Carolina State Museum. Robert’s educational accomplishments were also honored.

Growing up Robert worked every odd job he could find in order to afford an education. With his strong perseverance and dedication to learning, Robert earned a Bachelor’s Degree in Mechanical Engineering and a Master’s and Doctorate Degree in Metallurgical Engineering. Robert has also given back greatly to his community. He was involved in various volunteer positions within his church, his son’s Boy Scout troop, and an international organization that develops and publishes the standards of industrial commerce in the United States. Currently, Robert is active in his philanthropic efforts and helps run a scholarship fund at his Brookdale community.