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Arlington Heights Senior Citizens Commission Extends Deadline For Kenneth Hood Senior Service Award

Thu June 06 2013 8:17 am
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The Village of Arlington Heights Senior Citizens Commission has extended its deadline for is nominations for the sixth annual Kenneth Hood Senior Service Award to June 15. The award nomination forms are available on the Village of Arlington Heights website: HYPERLINK “”, or by calling 1-847-253-5532. Although nominations are accepted at any time, the deadline for submission for 2013 consideration is June 15th.

Future nominees should exhibit a history of excellent service to the senior community, have developed or conducted programs that enhance the quality of life for senior citizens, have embraced or nurtured activities that affect, in a positive way, the lives of the senior citizens population. They must serve as an example by continuing their efforts toward these goals with a zest for the joy of living. Candidates must reside, work or volunteer in the Village of Arlington Heights. Prior recipients of the Kenneth Hood Senior Service Award include: Jack Hanahan, 2012; Joe Cesario, 2011; Frank De Rosa, 2010; and Shirley Garrison, 2009 as well as Jack Schimpf, 2008, honored posthumously.

Dr. Kenneth Hood was born on a farm in western Pennsylvania and attended a one room school house. He graduated from New Castle High School and received his BS in Agricultural Economics from Penn State. He received a Ph.D. from Cornell University and worked for the American Farm Bureau as an economist and marketing specialist and was a published author. Ken’s career included extensive writing, the lecture circuit and teaching.

Ken Hood’s senior citizen advocacy included delivering meals on wheels for the Senior Center and serving as a member of the Park Place Advisory Council, and later as its president. He was one of the founding members of Arlington Heights Senior Center, Inc., and served as the Inc. president. For these and other activities, Ken received the Sid Granet Award which was bestowed upon him at the Governor’s Conference on Aging. He served on the Senior Citizens Commission for more than twenty years, and of course, became its chairperson. He wrote a book about his beloved wife, Lois and celebrated his 100th birthday. Twice again, he found himself in the spotlight, as a centenarian and as a powerful advocate for the dignity of Alzheimer’s patients when the article “For the Love of Lois” appeared.

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