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AEP retiree celebrates 101st birthday

by on February 21, 2014

Even though he has traded his tennis racket for a cane, AEP retiree Charlie Hurme is still going strong.

AEP retiree Charlie Hurme, who won a national tennis tournament at age 89, recently celebrated his 101st birthday.

Hurme, who worked for AEP in New York from 1930 to 1975, recently celebrated his 101st birthday and is one of the company’s oldest living retirees.

As part of his birthday celebration, Hurme received a personal birthday greeting from Nick Akins, AEP chairman, president and chief executive officer.

In 2002 at the age of 89, Hurme won the SnackWells USTA Men’s National 90s tennis championship at Mission Hills Country Club in Rancho Mirage, Calif. It was his first national championship since taking up the sport in 1932.

“To me, it’s just natural,” Hurme told a reporter from Newsday after the tournament victory. “I don’t know what the big fuss (from many media outlets) is about. Being 89, you’re not supposed to die, are you?”

Hurme’s activity also extended well beyond tennis. He loved to golf, snorkel, play competitive volleyball, travel and was very active in his New York community. He’s been to numerous events sponsored by Elderhostels, the world’s largest educational and travel organization for adults 55 and over.

An engineer in the Army during World War II, Hurme currently resides in Huntington Station, N.Y. His mother also lived to be 100.

“It’s like I’ve always said: Life may not begin at 40, 50 or even 60, but it doesn’t have to end there either,” Hurme was quoted as saying in a 1995 AEP publication.

From → Retiree Profiles

One Comment
  1. WOW! I remember when Charlie worked at AEP in New York. He worked in the computer department I believe. He was always playing tennis. He was amazing then and still is. What a wonderful life he has. He still looks the same size as he was 40 years ago. Great to read about you Charlie! Hope I can enjoy that longevity during my retirement years.

    Richard Armstrong

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