Laurel True improved the quality of life for countless generations of Kentuckians – most of who will never know of him or his work on their behalf. His passing is a sad loss to all who were inspired by his commitment and extraordinary contributions to make life better for all Kentuckians at every stage of life.
Laurel’s long career as a public servant and his contributions to public health and welfare are widely recognized and respected across the Commonwealth. But, his commitment to the people of Kentucky did not end with his retirement. AARP Kentucky was fortunate to be among the many advocacy groups with which he shared his experience, commitment and passion.
He was an active AARP volunteer well before AARP Kentucky opened its doors in 2001. In recognition of his volunteer service ; he was awarded the Association’s highest volunteer recognition, the AARP State Andrus Award for Community Service. The award honors those individuals who share their experience, talent, and skills to enrich the lives of their community members.
“Volunteerism is clearly a new way of looking at retirement for older Americans. Many, like Laurel, are finding that they want to remain active and involved and that volunteerism fulfills this need and the desire to help others,” said AARP Kentucky State Director, Ron Bridges. “Through this recognition, AARP encourages individuals, to continue using their skills and passions as a way to remain vital as well as make a difference in their community.”
AARP Kentucky State President, James T. Kimbrough and Laurel were life-long friends and colleagues. “Laurel recruited and inspired me to become an AARP volunteer. We worked together to improve aging services and Kentucky’s Medicaid program. He was a gentleman above all else and embodied the best values of our society,” said Kimbrough.
Laurel’s lifetime of service as a U.S. Marine Captain, husband, father, public servant, volunteer and advocate embodied the vision and philosophy of AARP founder, Dr. Ethel Percy Andrus: “To serve, not to be served.” His life’s work and spirit will remain an inspiration to all fighting to best serve the needs of all Kentuckians. He will be missed.