Longtime Vanderbilt professor turns 100

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BRENTWOOD, Tenn. (WKRN) – A Brentwood man celebrated a huge milestone on Wednesday: Doctor Charles “Rollo” Park, who worked at Vanderbilt University for many years, turned 100 years old.

News 2 was there for his birthday party at the Heritage at Brentwood, an independent and assisted living community.

Dr. Park was born in 1916, studied at Harvard University, and received his medical degree from Johns Hopkins Medical School in 1941.

He treated patients for several years and served in the U.S. Army before moving to Nashville 60 years ago, which is when he worked as a professor at Vanderbilt.

On Wednesday, News 2 asked what his secret was to a long, successful life.

Park gave us an honest answer, saying, “What’s the secret to living to 100? Just keep breathing.”

The doctor’s wife, Jane Park, told News 2 they moved into the assisted living community eight years ago when he was 92 years old.

The reasoning? He was sick of cutting grass at their home.

Jane Park is 91 years old and still works at Vanderbilt.

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