Metropolitan College Awards Evergreen Student Lifelong Learning Award Bertha Bachner Continues to Take Boston University Classes at Age 91
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(Boston, Mass.) — Bertha Bachner, of Brookline, Mass., will be awarded a Certificate of Achievement in recognition of her commitment to lifelong learning. Bachner, 91, will receive the award at the commencement exercises for Boston University’s Metropolitan College this Sunday, May 21 at 2 p.m. at the Fuller Building, 808 Commonwealth Avenue, Boston, Mass.
Bachner is a student in the Evergreen Program, a special program offered by Metropolitan College in which people over 60 can audit Boston University classes.
An alumna of the Boston University College of Business Administration, Bachner graduated in 1929 at the age of 20 with a bachelor’s degree in liberal arts, with a concentration in journalism. Bachner entered Boston University at the age of 16 and achieved Dean’s list her freshman year. She was one of just six women who studied journalism in 1929, when Herbert Hoover was President of the United States and the Great Depression had just begun.
“I chose to study journalism because I had always loved to write,” says Bachner.
She returned to Boston University in 1985 after 56 years and has been taking Evergreen courses for the past fifteen years. “One of the greatest experiences of my retirement has been taking literature and history courses at Boston University. Returning to campus after 56 years has helped me to stretch my mind and stay active,” says Bachner.
Evergreen is an educational program offered by Metropolitan College. Since 1980, the Evergreen program has offered elders an opportunity to enrich their lives, learn, make new friends, and be energized in the intergenerational atmosphere of the university community. Any person over age 60 can audit regular Boston University classes on a space-available basis for $35 per course.
During her undergraduate years, Bachner starred in many Shakespearean plays and had the leading role in Taming of the Shrew. After graduation, she went on to the Harvard Graduate School and studied education. She married Barnard Bachner and had three children, John, Peter, and Brenda. Bachner used her journalism skills years later when she participated in an English symposium, which was eventually broadcast on television. Her keen writing and editing abilities won her a job writing a weekly column for the Woonsocket Call, and she worked in temporary jobs through the agency, ManPower. She chose temporary work over permanent because she wanted to experience different settings, such as MIT, Harvard, and Houghton Mifflin.
Bachner has long been an avid golfer. When she was offered a permanent job as assistant editor at Houghton Mifflin many years ago, she turned it down because it would have interfered with golf from April through November. First Security allowed for this schedule: she worked in the investigation unit for several years from December through March. Her job was to translate the reports written by the investigators into proper English. “I have always been a devoted student. Even in the work place, I tried to perfect the skills I learned in college,” says Bachner.
At age 91, Bachner continues to take literature and history classes at Boston University, walks more than five miles a day, and still plays golf several times a week. She currently resides in Brookline, Mass.
Boston University has an enrollment of nearly 30,000 students in its 15 schools and colleges. Located in the heart of a city rich in cultural, historical, and intellectual attractions, Boston University is one of the nation’s preeminent institutions of higher learning.