As a lawyer, William Volkman, 100, worked all kinds of cases—“everything imaginable, from a dog bite to murder,” he says. Born and raised in Tenleytown, Volkman moved to Bethesda after marrying a Marylander, and he spent four years in the 1960s as a judge in the just-established People’s Court of Montgomery County—now called the Maryland District Court. He didn’t pursue a second term, though, “because it was so political.”
Secret to Longevity: “I was a great one for not taking medicine. Not that it was religious or anything, I just hated pills. Even now, I take three little old pills like this, and here I am, 100 years old.”
Photograph by Christopher Leaman.