ORANGE COUNTY, NC (February 26, 2016)—The Department on Aging is pleased to announce the Central Orange Senior Center has officially changed its name to the Jerry M. Passmore Center.

On February 16, the Board of Orange County Commissioners (BOCC) voted to approve the resolution to rename the center. The Friends of the Central Orange Senior Center requested the Board rename the Central Orange Senior Center to the Jerry M. Passmore Center because of his many contributions to improving the lives of older adults in Orange County.

“How fitting to recognize Jerry with this honor, while he’s still living,” said Janice Tyler, director of the Department on Aging. “This tribute is representative of the years of dedicated service Jerry has given.  He was a pioneer and visionary for aging services in our county, as well as North Carolina.”

Mr. Passmore was the Director of the Orange County Department on Aging from 1977 to 2010. During that time he exemplified visionary leadership in the planning, coordination and establishment of needed senior services in Orange County.

"I am very honored and humbled by this recognition. Regardless of my name on the senior center, it is the dedicated and caring volunteers, advisory boards and staff at the center that are even more important. They make it a one stop shop for services, but also for caring. They make Orange County seniors want to come to the center, and make Orange County every day the greatest place to retire and grow old in North Carolina and the U.S.,” said Passmore.

Among Passmore’s many contributions, is the development and implementation, in coordination with a BOCC-appointed committee, of two five-year Master Aging Plans, the first in North Carolina.

In addition, he provided executive oversight to the BOCC-appointed senior planning committees that led to the construction and opening of The Robert and Pearl Seymour Center in May 2007, and the Central Orange Senior Center in February 2009.