Part-Time Work--Transition to Retirement
Male, 70, married, one child
Education: college graduate
Job Status: high school principal, 42 years in education
Retirement Income: $25,000
Health: reported good
Retirement Category: regular-mandatory, retired for five years
I enjoyed my career; it was interesting and meaningful. The most challenging part of it was the last three years.
I don't think I looked forward to retirement. I didn't know how I was going to react to it. My wife kept saying through the years that I needed to develop some hobbies that could be pursued after retirement. Frankly, I had few. I can't say that I was looking forward to retirement, because I was enjoying my work. But now I am almost as busy as when I was working.
If there was any part of my career that I wasn't enjoying fully, it was the last three to five years. It was the time when there was quite a revolt on the part of young people as to standard ways of doing things, and it was frustrating. We went through several student demonstrations. I don't think we ever had the degree of student revolt that was experienced in some communities, but we did have demonstrations, and a few instances of marches and parades. These were upsetting to the general routine of operation. We found ourselves in the position of having to change a lot