Meet Christwood Residents

Richard Kilgore 

Resident since 2018

Walking the halls of Christwood Retirement Community, one sees dogs on leashes, an occasional cat in a buggy and sometimes – rarely – a pet bird nestled in a female resident’s hair. But when Richard Kilgore decided to enter the community in September 2018, he made a request that was without precedent. He wasn’t asking to bring a dog or cat, or even a bird. He wanted to bring his honey bees – some 20,000 of them.

A retired Shell Oil engineer, Richard took up beekeeping while living in the Beau Chene subdivision in Mandeville.

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Bob and Jan Carr

Residents Since June 2018

If you watched New Orleans television in the sixties – an era many describe as the golden age – chances are very good you shared a cup of coffee with Bob and Jan Carr by the rooftop pool of the Royal Orleans Hotel.

The young couple’s morning show, Second Cup, on WDSU-TV, dominated its time slot as they interviewed newsmakers of the day and touted upcoming events and performances, hosting visiting celebrities such as Bob Hope, Ann Margaret, Jerry Lewis and Gina Lollobrigida.

“It was an exciting time to be on live television,” Bob remembers. “They gave us free rein, and we made it up as we went along.”

And now, as they approach 70 years of marriage, this couple is still making it up as they go along, treating life as the supreme adventure that it is and having a wonderful time.

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Karen Depp

Resident Since 2019

Karen Depp has moved more than a dozen times in her life, but never before has she thought of relocation as “liberating”. “Moving to a Christwood Lane Cottage is the best thing I could have done,” she says. “I feel liberated here. I have everything I want except the maintenance responsibilities of my former one-and-a-half acres, pool and pond. “I love this place, and I’ve enjoyed making it my own. I couldn’t say no to the place because Christwood said yes to every change I asked for.”

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Steve Gorin

Resident Since 2015 

Steve Gorin, a man of many talents and interests, likes to say his life’s work has been to put disparate parts together to solve problems. However, it is impossible to talk about Steve’s life without mention of his wife Abbye, who died in 2017. “So many things in my life started with my wife,” he readily acknowledges. Steve and Abbye met in 1946 at a U.S.O. function south of Austin, Texas. Abbye was a sophomore at the University of Texas, and Steve was a B-17 pilot in the Army Air Corps. “We hit it off pretty much right away, so I got her number, called and asked her for a date. After three dates, I asked her to marry me and she said yes, and that was the beginning of seventy wonderful years of marriage.”

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