Betty Reid Soskin, oldest U.S. park ranger, retires at age 100
She’s hanging up her Smokey hat.
Betty Reid Soskin, the oldest active park ranger in the country, is ready to relax.
The 100-year-old civil rights activist, musician, and pioneering businesswoman retired Thursday, after working for more than 15 years at the Rosie the Riveter/WWII Home Front National Historical Park in Richmond, Calif., the National Park Service said in a statement.
“Betty has made a profound impact on the National Park Service and the way we carry out our mission,” said NPS Director Chuck Sams. “I am grateful for her lifelong dedication to sharing her story and wish her all the best in retirement. Her efforts remind us that we must seek out and give space for all perspectives so that we can tell a more full and inclusive history of our nation.”