Each of the past several years, the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute at the University of Cincinnati has presented an exemplary volunteer with the Unsung Hero Award.
This year’s Unsung Hero, Saul Marmer, almost missed teaching his spring quarter class, “Personal Experiences of the ‘30s and ‘40s,” when a serious illness landed him first in the hospital and then in-patient rehabilitation. Marmer noted, “I took their pills and rehab therapy so I’d be here today to receive this award. I had dodged another bullet. Just as I had dodged them in World War II. I was an infantry platoon leader when the shelf life for an infantry platoon leader was 17 days.”
Marmer found OLLI 15 years ago, just after he had closed his family’s shoe store and lost his wife of nearly 52 years. By his second quarter (fall 1999), he was not only taking OLLI courses but also teaching one: “Stop Hurting Your Feet,” which drew from his career as president of Marmer’s Shoes and certified pedorthist (a professional who has specialized training to modify footwear and employ supportive devices to address conditions that affect the feet).