Suffern, NY – Gold is the author of the forthcoming memoir Renaissance Dad, which details his journey from “the youngest guy in the coronary ICU to the oldest guy with a newborn.”
“I was 62 when our son Richard was born. Now I am 71,” says Gold.
A retired scientist with a PhD in pharmacology, Gold has two children from his first marriage, a daughter and a son who are both adults.
“I just published a little piece on Parents.com last November titled ‘The Obvious Question When Your Kids Are 35 Years Apart,’ says Gold. “But the obvious question is really, ‘Will I live long enough to see my son grow up and graduate college?’ Of course, I’ve been asked, ‘Is that your grandson.’ No, he's my son.”
“I was at the beginning of my career when my first two were born,” recalls Gold. “I wasn't home that much. My ex-wife raised our children. Now I'm at the other end of my career and I find I share it the responsibilities equally with my wife. We are full-time parents.
“As long as I can continue to chase him down the driveway and pick him up and run with him and wrestle with him, there's no consciousness on his part that dad's old,” says Gold.
Perhaps most interestingly, Gold and his wife were able to become parents again through the use of a surrogate.
“Surrogacy extends the concept of parenting. Clearly, at 71 with an eight-year-old that's outside of the biological possibilities of what could have happened, and yet here I am being a father for the second time and enjoying it thoroughly.”