By Steve Svetovich
Dunmore’s Gary Duncan has done a lot of good things in his life, but he is most proud of his most recent accomplishment as Vice-Chair for the Pennsylvania Council on Aging.
Duncan, 66, was administered the oath of office by local Magistrate Paul Ware and appointment by Governor Wolf and the Pennsylvania Assembly.
The Pennsylvania Council on Aging serves as an advocate for older individuals and advises the governor’s department on planning, coordination and delivery of services for older individuals in the commonwealth.
Duncan and his wife Lynne, a speech pathologist at Allied Services, are proud parents of two daughters, Annie, a graduate student at Marywood University studying for an M.B.A., and Claire, a senior at Immaculata University with a dual major in English and Communications and minor in public relations.
Duncan has been head of the Dunmore Neighborhood Crime Watch for the past six years. It is a position he takes very seriously.
He is a member of the Dunmore Planning Commission.
Articulate and well spoken, Duncan has a B.S. degree in both nursing and occupational therapy from two different universities. He is a former cross country runner at Pennsylvania State University.
A registered and certified occupational therapist, he worked in rehab for 42 years. He has taught geriatric rehab in the Marywood University continuing education department for the past 19 years.
“This is a great honor for me,” said Duncan. “It was not expected. It was a big shock. Senator John Blake nominated me for the Pennsylvania Council on Aging. The process took a year.
“It was a rigorous process after I was nominated. It took a whole year. I had to provide a resume and they did a background check. It went through the Pennsylvania House of Representatives and the Senate. You have to be approved unanimously by the Pennsylvania Congress.”
Duncan, who is now in his second term with the Pennsylvania Council on Aging, said he will now go to meetings every two months in Harrisburg. Senator Torres, the secretary for the Pennsylvania Department on Aging, regularly attends the meetings.
“I am going to be meeting with various medical bodies from across the commonwealth,” he said. “One of the goals is to introduce tele-medicine to senior citizens across the commonwealth of Pennsylvania.”
Well versed in many areas, Duncan did a radio talk show recently for Twigs cafe radio in Tunkhannock.
Duncan coached baseball in the Green Ridge Little League for several years. He used to love playing pickup basketball in his younger days. He was always an avid runner.
Duncan takes on his role as a family man even more seriously. He gleams when he speaks of his daughters. “We are very proud of them. We did good.”
Always driven and highly intelligent, Duncan worked for most of the past decade as a home health occupational therapist for Traditional Home Health, Dunmore. The Dunmore resident previously worked as a rehab director for several agencies.
“I am so proud and honored by this appointment,” he said. “It’s going to be interesting and I will take it very seriously. The appointment is to be taken seriously in serving the elderly population throughout the commonwealth.