GRAND PRAIRIE—The Summit, 2975 Esplanade, invites you to attend the 100th Birthday Celebration for Dan McGrew on Thursday, Feb. 2, from 7-9:30 p.m.
McGrew, a regular at the Thursday night dance social, has attended weekly dances on the first and third Thursdays at The Summit since its grand opening in 2010, as well as at the previous Grand Prairie Senior Center for more than 20 years.
McGrew was born in Thurber, Texas, and grew up beside the West Texas oil fields. In his youth he signed up for the Civilian Conservation Corps, where he built a fish ladder in Northern California. He then worked at a Lockheed Martin facility located in the Dallas-Love Field area before being drafted into the Army Air Corps in 1942. McGrew flew 35 bombing missions during World War II, including two over Berlin. At the age of 28, he was the oldest member on his flight crew. In 1948, McGrew worked at Consolidated Vultee in Fort Worth and then at Temco Aircraft in Grand Prairie. He continued to work as a fluid mechanic in hydraulics until his retirement in April 1982.
With tassels on his toes and taps on his heels, McGrew goes dancing six times a week at senior centers across Grand Prairie, Duncanville, Arlington, Pantego and Irving. In addition, he is the oldest person to regularly attend retiree luncheons at UAW 848.
“He’s a joy to be around and is a role model for other seniors—encouraging them to stay active,” Susan Eaves, recreation specialist at The Summit, said.
McGrew’s birthday celebration is sponsored by The Summit, Grand Prairie Parks, Arts and Recreation Department’s active adult recreation center; and Amerilife with the presentation beginning at 8 p.m. followed by refreshments and cake cutting.
For more information, call 972-237-4153.