Meet Carlton Senior Living‘s spotlight resident, Dr. Carl Haller – Carl was born December 9, 1928, to Edward and Rae. Carl was a child of the Great Depression and is a member of the “Greatest Generation.” From the age of 16 until retirement at the age of 84, Carl never missed a day of work, never took a sick day and never cut a class. During the depression, his family moved from coast to coast seeking work and suffering the deprivation of that terrible period. They eventually settled in the West Bronx in New York City. He graduated from DeWitt Clinton High School in 1947.
In 1949, instead of being drafted in the Army, Carl enlisted into the U.S. Air Force as an Aviation Cadet. He was commissioned 2 Lieutenant Navigator on December 2, 1950 (Wings of Silver, Bars of gold) and was assigned to the Strategic Reconnaissance Squadron at McClellan Air Force Base in Sacramento. His first navigation mission took him into the radiation cloud generated by the 1951 atomic bomb dropped on Nevada. He was sent to many places for his assignment from typhoon and Atomic Cloud penetration and earning him the Korean War Service Medal.
After leaving the service, Carl completed his Bachelor’s Degree in 1956 using the GI Bill at Hofstra University in Long Island, New York with a major in Chemistry and Mathematics. He was awarded many scholastic honors at Hofstra. Upon graduation, Carl was admitted into the NYU School of Medicine in 1956, receiving his coveted MD Degree in 1960. In 1964, after completing a 4-year residency in Chicago, Carl with his wife Helene and three daughters, Heidi, Robyn and Tammi, settled in Sacramento where he practiced Internal Medicine for 53 years before retiring in 2014.
Carl enjoys being at Carlton Senior Living Sacramento because everyone is pleasant and welcoming. He enjoys the company of other residents and the interesting stories they have to tell.
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Written by Myna Saengsavanh