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Oldest worker in the hospital

June 12, 2000|By RICHARD F. BELISLE, Waynesboro

WAYNESBORO, Pa. - Milton Garland, who was honored two years ago as the nation's oldest worker, was recently hospitalized with a heart condition and was listed in fair condition Monday at Waynesboro Hospital, a spokeswoman said.

Garland, who turns 105 in August, was hospitalized more than two weeks ago. His condition was upgraded from critical to fair late last week, the spokeswomen said.

His last public appearance was in the Waynesboro Memorial Day parade.

In March 1998, Garland was named America's oldest worker by Greenthumb, a national nonprofit, senior advocacy group that focuses on training and finding jobs for low-income, older workers.

The organization promotes the idea that older workers have much to contribute to the workplace.

Garland joined what was then the Frick Co. in 1920. The Waynesboro manufacturing plant, now called York Refrigeration of Waynesboro, makes refrigeration equipment.

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Garland has a degree in mechanical engineering from Worcester Polytechnic Institute in Massachusetts. He is credited with being a pioneer in modern refrigeration technology and has 40 patents to his name, all related to the industry.

He retired as Frick's vice president of technological services in 1967, when he was 72. He kept working for the company as a consultant, reporting to his office in the plant on Cumberland Valley Avenue every day. In 1988, when he turned 93, he cut his hours back to mornings only.

Garland served in the Navy in World War I.

He and was the official honoree of Waynesboro's Bicentennial Parade in the summer of 1997.

Garland still lives in the same house on Second Street that he bought in the 1920s.

Garland's wife could not be reached for comment.

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