LONDON, UK: Most people of advanced age tend to prefer activities like gardening or watching TV. Not Dr Charles Eugster; just last year, the 97-year-old Brit broke the 200 m world record in the over-95s age group. This week, the “World’s fittest old-age pensioner” and veteran dental surgeon died due to complications after heart failure, according to his publicist
In addition to the 200 m record he broke at the 2016 British Masters Indoor Championships in London, Eugster holds the 400 m record and several long-jump records for his age group. Recently, he competed at the World Masters Athletics Championships Indoor in Daegu in South Korea.
Born in London just after World War I, he graduated with a dental surgery degree from Guy’s Hospital in 1948. In addition to this, he obtained degrees from universities in Zurich in Switzerland, where he also temporarily worked as a clinical instructor, Heidelberg in Germany and Chicago in the US. Eugster was in private practice until 1975 and continued to publish a newsletter on clinical dentistry in three languages for three decades after his retirement.
Earlier this year, he published his first book, Age is Just a Number. He gave his last interview on ITV’s This Morning programme, during which he criticised the way ageing is treated in today’s society and spoke out in favour of lifelong learning.
“We, along with everyone who knew Charles, are incredibly sad to lose such a truly inspirational figure,” his publicist said on Facebook. “He has shown, by remarkable example, how fantastic life can be in older old age. It has been a privilege to work with and learn from Charles.”