When it comes to lifelong learning, Judson Manor resident Doris Snedeker plays many roles: teacher, student, program coordinator, producer, travel agent and tour guide, to name a few.
But her dedication to learning didn’t begin at Judson Manor. Doris earned her bachelor’s degree in music education from Baldwin-Wallace College (B-W), and later a master’s degree in communication from Michigan State University. She spent the majority of her career in television, at the station now known as WJW-TV Channel 8.
Living at Judson Manor, she’s embraced a pivotal role as program committee co-chair, putting great care into planning and producing Tuesday evening programs that are engaging, relevant and varied.
“I’m a creative person and enjoy sharing my skills with others,” says Doris.
She also maintains ties to her alma mater. Since 1993, she’s been dedicated to B-W’s Institute for Learning in Retirement (ILR) serving in a number of roles including president. She developed and taught two classes for the Institute: Writing Your Personal History and Music Appreciation. A writers group that spun off from the personal history class still meets every other month at B-W. “It’s amazing to see how far people have come with their writing,” says Doris.
Wearing her travel agent/tour guide hat, Doris has planned countless national and international trips for institute members. In fact, when B-W honored her in 2012 with its Distinguished Alumni Award she flew into Cleveland to accept the award from Washington, D.C., where she had been leading a tour.
That same year, Judson Manor named Doris its Volunteer of the Year for her work on Tuesday Evening programs.
Overall, Doris enjoys independent living at the Manor and she’s an enthusiastic supporter of the University Circle lifestyle.
“I can come and go as I please, there is a lot of flexibility, and I’ve got all of the cultural attractions at my doorstep if I need inspiration!”
“University Circle is where it’s all happening,” declares Judson Manor resident Mark Hardenbergh.
This prompted the long-time architect to sell his home in the quaint, sleepy suburb of Auburn, Ohio, to claim his spot in Cleveland’s dynamic cultural and educational hub.
Since moving to the Manor, Mark’s jumped in feet first, becoming an on-call docent at the Cleveland Museum of Natural History.
“I like a challenge,” Mark says. “The Natural History Museum intrigues me because I’m interested in learning more about our ancestors-how our minds developed. Overall, there’s a lot of depth here in the Circle. I’m close to things that keep my mind active. Plus, it’s great to be able to walk around the beautiful campus of Case Western Reserve University and to the Cleveland Museum of Art.”
Born in Lima, Ohio, Mark grew up in Bronxville, New York. He went on to earn three degrees from Yale, including a Masters in City Planning. He decided to settle in Cleveland after learning it was a good market for budding architects. “A friend was invited to a recruiting party at Yale for young lawyers, thrown by the Cleveland office of Jones Day” admits Mark. “I tagged along and liked what I heard about the city.”
Mark and his wife raised their family in Cleveland Heights, eventually moving further east. They considered retiring to Littleton, New Hampshire, but this wasn’t very practical, says Mark. “Most of our family and friends are here,” he notes.
Mark is glad that he chose Judson Manor. “It’s a whole new world here,” he smiles.
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