What an honor! Center Communities of Brookline resident Sid Weinstein led the processional at the 2013 Harvard University commencement exercise. The reason for the honor? Not only did Sid represent the Class of 1939 at its 75th reunion, his great-grandson was also graduating from college that day.
Sid has come a long way in those 75 years. His early life began in Portland, Maine and he moved to the New York area after finishing college with a degree in chemistry. In New York, Sid continued his studies while working and earned both a Masters degree as well as a doctorate. Sid described himself as an "adventuresome" chemist. He started his own company in 1952 in the field of insoluble chemicals and received a patent for his discovery of a method to put color on polyester fabric.
Sid has lived in Hebrew SeniorLife communities twice. In the late 1990s, he moved to Orchard Cove following the death of his wife of 55 years. He fell in love again, remarried and moved to New Jersey in 2001 and when his second wife passed away, he moved back to Massachusetts and Center Communities of Brookline in July of 2011.
Today at 98, Sid is still active and personable. Although his sight is not very good, he manages to read with the use of a reading machine. The last book he read was Sonia Sotomayor's autobiography, "My Beloved World." Sid attributes his long life to staying interested, interesting and engaging in the world.