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Retired Lawyer, the US Open’s Oldest Ball Person, Reveals His ‘Plan for Life’

Posted Sep 15, 2009 9:43 AM CDT
By Debra Cassens Weiss

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Retired lawyer Jerry Loughran is staying young in his new dream job working alongside youths whose median age is 18.

At 61, Loughran is the oldest ball person at the U.S. Open, the New York Times reports. The retired labor and employment lawyer runs marathons, rides his bike and plays baseball.

“Like many older Americans, he had a few things he wanted to get done after he retired a couple of years ago,” the Times says of Loughran. “Get into an episode of Law & Order. (Check.) Learn to play the piano. (Incomplete.) Skydive. (Incomplete.) Be an Open ball boy. (Check.)”

Loughran, a former assistant general counsel at the New York Power Authority, wrote about his ball person experience for the Boston Herald. “It’s a great plan for life,” he writes. “Have fun doing what you love and love what you are doing. God willing—and provided my body recovers from the pounding of these exciting few weeks—I, too, want to return for next year’s Open as a veteran ballboy.”

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