96-year-old retires from law- again

January 24, 2008 4:19:20 PM PST
After January 31st the name Arthur Samuels will be removed from the roster of assistant Cook County states attorneys. However, the imprint he made there may never be removed. After 37 years on the job, he retires at age 96, possibly the oldest prosecutor in the history of the office.

"Well you know the good die young," said Samuels. "I was lucky. l had good parents, good genes. And I think that has a lot to do with how long you're going to live. And also being with young people. It helps keep you alive, keeps you going," said Samuels.

Samuels' first retirement came after 34 years of practicing real estate and corporate law.

"When I retired in 1970, there were a lot of things I thought I would do around the house to make it more livable. It was alright, but after awhile-- a couple of weeks-- it was boring. Three weeks --boring. And I wanted to find something to do," said Samuels.

Samuels works with people who need help getting treatment for a mentally ill family member.

"You know when someone comes in with their sons or daughters, friends or relatives and they tell me a story that's heart breaking and I can help them, that makes me feel pretty good. Particularly when every once in a while someone will call and say, 'Thanks Mr. Samuels. My son is doing great or my friend is doing well.'"

After leaving the state's attorney's office, Samuels intends to continue the practice law specializing in the areas of mental health and guardianship.