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For Some Baby Boomers, Retirement Is A Dirty Word

Published February 25, 2022

For months after Rick Lehrer sold his share of his insurance company to a business partner, he kept showing up at the office three, sometimes four days a week wearing a designer suit, along with a great tie and a starched shirt.

A baby boomer who was accustomed to long hours at the office, Lehrer, now 76, didn’t — and still doesn’t — like the word retired. “I was in denial,” he said about his halfhearted attempt to retire in January 2019. “I was officially retired but I really did not announce it in a way that I should have.”

Lehrer’s reluctance to leave made for some confusing office dynamics with his designated successor, Art Grutt, who had come on board in 2006 with the understanding that he would take over 15 years later, when Lehrer turned 75.

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