Profiles in Courage – Fred Hillerman |

Profiles in Courage – Fred Hillerman

John HartFred Hillerman, age 87, works out Thursday morning at Courthouse Athletic Club.
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Fred Hillerman of Grass Valley turns 88 on Dec. 9. For some of us, just living that long makes the day special. But Hillerman’s birthday will be an especially full day – simply because he lives every day that way.

Retired from two careers – from teaching, then from a business he

started growing orchids from Africa and Madagascar – Hillerman has abundant energy and good health.

Talk about being a walking advertisement for the value of exercise! Hillerman does it all.

In addition to serving on the board of directors for the Senior Center, Hillerman delivers hot food for the Meals on Wheels program. Because he has a regular route, the recipients have become his friends; he keeps an eye on each of them.

In addition, one day a week Hillerman teaches English to Mexican students. The Interfaith Food Ministry also gets the benefit of his


Volunteer activities, however, must be fitted around Hillerman’s exercise schedule. Five or six times a week, he lifts free weights at Courthouse Athletic Club. He’s especially happy that he can do 10 pull-ups. He and his wife, Mary, 82, just celebrated their 54th anniversary. She recently joined him at the club by attending a PACE class.

On Mondays, a Spinning class claims his attention; Tuesdays, it’s yoga. On Thursdays, he hikes for five to seven hours with the German American Hiking Club.

Happy birthday, Fred! May you enjoy many more.

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