- The Washington Times - Tuesday, August 30, 2005

UNITED PRESS INTERNATIONAL

SIMI VALLEY, Calif. — A group of docents at the Ronald Reagan Presidential Library are angry at the museum for assigning them to “emeritus” status.

Twenty-seven volunteers, almost all of retirement age or older, were taken off tour and greeting detail. It is a designation many feel is an age demotion, and one unworthy of representing the oldest president in office, the Los Angeles Times reported.

“I think [Mr. Reagan] would be very upset about this, especially since he was president at the same age as a lot of us docents,” said Norma Stafford, 75, who has worked at the museum since 1991.

Museum officials said a specific age limit had nothing to do with the decision.

“We have very high standards at the Reagan library,” said Kirby Hanson, head of the docent program. “These are people who can no longer perform their duties to the fullest extent and had to be redirected.”

Most of the docents are retirees, Mr. Hanson said, and a large segment of the 200 remaining volunteers are in their 60s, 70s and 80s, she said.

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