LongeviQuest representatives are attending the 15th Supercentenarian Seminar in Paris today. Organized by the French Institute for Demographic Studies (INED), the event is an opportunity for leading supercentenarian researchers to convene and discuss the latest research on the world’s oldest people. LongeviQuest Scientific Advisor Jimmy Lindberg, MSc, was the second speaker on the agenda. She presented her research on supercentenarians from Sweden, her home country.

LQ Scientific Advisor Jimmy Lindberg addressing the seminar
LQ Scientific Advisor Jimmy Lindberg addressing the seminar

LongeviQuest also participated in the traditional academic poster session, in which Lindberg was joined by Dr. Andrew Holmes, the representative of the European Supercentenarian Organisation on the Global Validation Commission. LongeviQuest’s poster featured corrections to the historical world’s oldest people list, most researched by Lindberg and approved by the Global Validation Commission. The retroactively recognized world’s oldest people are:

Conventions such as INED’s Supercentenarian Seminar enable collaboration between supercentenarian researchers from around the world. LongeviQuest is pleased to participate and we thank the INED and the International Database on Longevity for hosting the event.

LongeviQuest is delighted to announce the age validation of Goldie Small of the United States at age 110. She was born in Paris, New York, United States, on 1 April 1908. Small grew up on the family farm in Paris, where she attended a one-room schoolhouse until the eighth grade. She then completed high school in Waterville, New York.

In 1927, Small graduated from the Eastman School of Dental Hygiene in Rochester. She worked as a dental hygienist for a short time but lost her job during the Great Depression, when people could no longer afford dental care. In 1941, Small got married, and together they had two children. The family moved to New Milford, Pennsylvania, where Small lived for the next 70 years.

Undated. (Source: JA McCormack Sons Funeral Home Inc)
(Source: JA McCormack Sons Funeral Home Inc)

Small was very involved in her community. She is an active member of the United Methodist Church, the Eastern Star, and the New Milford Library, where she served as librarian for over 30 years. She stopped driving at the age of 102 and moved to an independent living apartment at Good Shepherd Village in Endwell.

Small passed away in Endwell, New York, USA, on 20 March 2019, at the age of 110 years, 353 days. She was survived by her two children, six grandchildren, and nine great-grandchildren.

LongeviQuest congratulates Goldie Small’s family on her posthumous recognition.

For more information, please view Mrs. Small’s Directory Profile here.