We are only as great as our members!
Every month we recognize one or two of the many unique, friendly, and hard-working individuals who are choosing to make their wellness a priority at the Duke Center for Living at Fearrington.
June 2019- Don Wylie
Don was born in Long Island, NY, where he grew up and lived for 90 years. He recently moved down to North Carolina to be closer to his daughter, Lynne, who works out at DCFL. His daughter Eileen has also recently joined them in NC and at DCFL. He is happy to have them both nearby!
Don is a World War II Veteran. He studied educational administration and business. He worked in the school system for many years, including several years as a principal.
Don has been a member at DCFL since just after he moved into Galloway Ridge, about 9 months ago. He came to the center with the hope of combatting muscle atrophy after surgery for a broken hip, and balance problems.
For his workout regimen, Don works out two times per week with Noelle and also has a home exercise program. Time with Noelle is the most beneficial and enjoyable to him because she makes sure that he does the exercises correctly, and she is always upbeat and cheerful. Her guidance and wanting to prevent muscle atrophy are what motivate Don to continue working hard.
DCFL has helped with Don’s overall wellbeing tremendously. He is getting stronger, has more endurance, and can perform certain daily activities with more ease. Don says that DCFL is the best equipped and staffed facility that he has ever seen!
May 2019- Bob and Barb Sydell
Bob is from Hartly, DE and grew up on the family poultry farm. After a brief stint in social work, he returned to his agricultural roots. Bob worked as the Poultry Production Manager for two companies over 36 years in various states.
Barb was born in Knoxville, TN, but lived in six different cities by age ten. She attended college in Maryville, TN and later did some graduate work in Psychology and Humanities. She worked in public welfare for TN and DE, at an IA Agency on Aging, and spent many years in social work at a senior high rise in PA.
Bob and Barb have always been fairly active, engaging in various activities such as yoga, tennis, hiking, golf and swimming. They joined DCFL when they moved to Pittsboro in 2016. They both think it is important to stay as active as possible as they age.
Bob used to road bike, but now keeps to the indoor spin bikes for safety. While a recent hip surgery slowed him a bit, he does upper body, the elliptical and other cardio 4-5 times per week. This helps with stamina and strength. Seth helped Bob develop an excellent exercise program to meet his needs.
Barb concentrates on cardio and bone strengthening 3-4 times per week. She created an excellent routine with help from Noelle. Barb also loves Kate’s Nia class! Movement to music is great for older brains.
Bob and Barb are very happy with DCFL. The space and equipment are superb. The staff are friendly, knowledgeable and helpful. They love the educational and special classes that are offered. They highly recommend DCFL to all wishing to keep moving and aging gracefully!
April 2019- Suzanne Iwicki
Suzanne is originally from Reisterstown, MD. She attended Towson State University for her undergraduate degree. While at Towson, she worked for the athletic department and helped a few athletes who went on to the pros! She went on to UNC to earn her Master’s in Sports Medicine.
Suzanne worked at a pharmaceutical company for 30 years, during which she lived in various cities around the country including Roanoke, Memphis, Chapel Hill and Philadelphia. She retired 5 years ago and moved back down to this area to live in Briar Chapel. In her spare time, Suzanne likes to garden and volunteers at Ronald McDonald House.
Suzanne joined DCFL about 4 years ago because it is too hard and hot to workout outside in the summer and she likes the pool. She spends one hour on the treadmill 3-4 times per week and works out other days at home. The treadmill is useful because it keeps her going at a prescribed pace so she can’t “slow down and smell the flowers.”
Suzanne continues to workout because it keeps her feeling good overall and appreciates DCFL for the calm and welcoming atmosphere. She recommended her mother join the facility as well, and she did!
March 2019- Kathy Mohr
Kathy is from Pennsylvania. She earned her degree in combined sciences from the University of Pittsburgh. She stayed at Pitt after graduation, working and running biology labs for 10 years. In 1967 Kathy moved down to work at UNC, transporting an entire mouse colony in her station wagon. Kathy spent about 26 years at UNC, during which she ran two genetics labs and started their first human sperm bank. She retired in 2010.
In her spare time, Kathy enjoys hiking the Haw River trails, walking her dogs, tending to the chickens and gardening on her organic farm. Kathy used to go riding on her motorcycle, which she has switched out for biking these days. She also enjoys swimming. Kathy used to spend a lot of time around water at her old beach house, going out on her boat and water skiing. Kathy joined DCFL about 7 years ago after hearing good things from others. She was previously a member of another health club, but after touring DCFL and seeing how spotless the facility was and how knowledgeable the staff were, she was sold!
Kathy is motivated to workout because she’s not getting any younger and as they say– use it or lose it! She attends aqua classes twice per week; the water is really good for her muscles. On land, she does machines and walks the track two times per week. Kathy trains once per week with Noelle to work on functional training so she can continue to work around her mini-farm. She also trains once per week with Kathleen on the Pilates Reformer. Kathleen is great about asking Kathy how she is feeling each week so they can target specific muscles or areas that might be giving her trouble.
Kathy would recommend DCFL to others and tells friends that along with it being a clean facility, everyone here is conscious of your problems and helps you work around them!
February 2019- David Chapman
David grew up in Southern California. He went to Oregon State for his Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees in Agronomy. He spent a few years working at NASA on a human centrifuge project to assess the affects of gravity on the vestibular system. He once spent 5 days in a centrifuge about 75 feet in diameter. Aside from getting sick, he said it was not so bad!
In 1970 David accepted a position at the University of Pennsylvania in the biology department researching how gravity affects plants. While at UPenn he earned his MBA online from Oregon. After leaving UPenn, David worked 8 years at the Kennedy Space Center before retiring with his wife to Fearrington Village in 2002.
In his free time, David likes to play golf. He also enjoys taking photographs and playing cards.
For his workout, David does a lot of walking, which he says is relatively easy for him and functionally important. He also does some strength training on the Keiser and Cybex machines. He listens to music during his workouts so he does not get bored, and he loves how good it feels when he is finished!
David likes DCFL especially for the track. He has been with DCFL since the beginning in 2005, and would recommend the facility because it is first class and the people are willing to help you with what you want to do and are always there to make sure you are safe and correct in your movements.
January 2019- Lib Delery
Lib grew up in Eastern North Carolina. In her youth, she played tennis and loved her physical education (P.E.) classes. While in high school, she taught P.E. to children with special needs at summer camp. She went to college in Greensboro before moving to New Orleans. In New Orleans, Lib taught P.E. and became head of the department at Tulane University. In her 39 years there, she also organized the Women’s athletic department they have today.
Lib retired from Tulane at age 59, shortly before hurricane Katrina hit. Her husband Gus’ job, as well as their children, encouraged them to move to NC where they soon found Fearrington and Galloway Ridge. Their 2 children are still within close proximity, for which Lib is very grateful.
Lib joined DCFL when she moved into Galloway Ridge eight years ago. She currently comes in about four times per week to work with Kayla. She enjoys talking and working with Kayla because the workout is well prepared and explained well. She tells everyone that coming to DCFL is the highlight of her day! Lib likes to stay on her feet, which motivates her to commit to her exercise program. She knows that working out at DCFL has helped her be able to keep doing the things she enjoys. She would recommend DCFL to others because the staff is well qualified and there are programs to meet the needs of each individual.