NEW CANAAN, Conn. -- Betty de Araujo traveled all over the world with her husband. Her move to New York as a single woman on an upward career path may have been her most challenging.
“I was a commercial artist,’’ said de Araujo, who now lives at The Inn in New Canaan. “I was doing fashion illustration at the time working with Marshall Field in Chicago. I came to New York and didn’t know a soul, so I went to the art director at Saks and asked how to get started. He gave me a list of agents, and told me I’d do fine. Luckily, the first agent I connected with was a perfect match, and I never had to worry about finding a job again.”
Traveling was one of de Araujo’s passions with her husband, Victor, who died in 2001. Born in England and raised in Brazil, he came to the United States in 1946 as vice-consul to the Brazilian Consulate in Chicago. He taught English at several colleges in Washington state, and later served as principal representative of the Bahá'í International Community to the United Nations. He was actively involved in issues of human rights, the environment, peace and disarmament, the family, the equality of men and women, and children and youth and attended meetings and conferences both at United Nations headquarters and around the world.
“We traveled to a lot of different parts of the world,’’ de Araujo said. “We had a lot of interaction with the people at the United Nations and people from different countries.”
“We traveled to a lot of different parts of the world. We had a lot of interaction with the people at the United Nations and people from different countries.” -- Betty de Araujo
DeAraujo has put down her suitcase permanently at The Inn. She has found many new interests and new friends.
The Inn is an active retirement community where seniors from all areas can live independently. De Araujo enjoys the friendships, the activities and the staff personnel she has met since moving there in 2009.
“I enjoy the independence and the wonderful services that we have here,’’ de Araujo said. “I think almost everyone would mention the meals, too. I’m quite happy living with other people. There’s a lot of inter-connection between the people here. There’s a nice cross-section of people.”
The Inn develops an assortment of activities for the seniors, including exercise, Jeopardy, guest lecturers, book discussions, and programs based on resident interests.
“There’s always something to do,’’ Betty said. “We all read or listen to books, and we have a lot of book discussions. We have a lot of interaction intellectually with people who come in and there’s a certain amount of intellectual stimulation to be had if that’s what you’re looking for. It has been a great place to live.”
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