Tolstoy’s Bicyclists Nola Ochs, 95


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Nola Ochs

Sitting on the front row in her college classes carefully taking notes, Nola Ochs is just as likely to answer questions as to ask them. That’s not the only thing distinguishing her from fellow students at Fort Hays State University. She’s 95, and when she graduates May 12, she’ll be what is believed to be the world’s oldest person to be awarded a college degree.

She didn’t plan it that way. She just loved to learn as a teenager on a Hodgeman County farm, then as a teacher at a one-room school after graduating from high school and later as a farm wife and mother.

“That yearning for study was still there. I came here with no thought of it being an unusual thing at all,” she said. “It was something I wanted to do. It gave me a feeling of satisfaction. I like to study and learn.”

The record Ochs will break, according to Guinness World Records, belongs to Mozelle Richardson, who at age 90 in 2004 received a journalism degree from the University of Oklahoma.
By Carl Manning, Associated Press, Last update: April 27, 2007 – 5:56 AM read more here […]

“She’s also living testimony to the contribution a healthy lifestyle can make to longevity and vitality.

“I don’t come from a particularly long lived family,” says Ochs,” …

A full-time student at Fort Hays, Ochs lives in an apartment on campus and enjoys walking for exercise. During school breaks and on occasional weekends, she drives 100 miles to her farm…. Read more […]

and the earlier story here,

FHSU’s most senior student celebrates birthday, Thursday November 30, 2006, Robert Cummins

During the break, senior Nola Ochs celebrated her birthday. She’s 95, and she reflected on her first semester at FHSU.

“I’ve had a good time,” she said. “I’ve worked like a beaver, but that’s what I came here for.”


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  1. 1 vuee 2007 August 9 at 7:31 pm

    yet another Tolstoy’s cycling scholars–

    Australian, 94, Earns Master’s Degree 8/3/2007 10:19:49 AM CANBERRA, Australia (AP) — A 94-year-old great-great-grandmother who left school at the age of 12 appears to be the world’s oldest recipient of a master’s degree… University of Adelaide graduate Phyllis Turner was awarded her master’s degree in medical science earlier this week at a ceremony in her hometown of Adelaide, surrounded by generations of offspring. Turner quit school at age 12 to help her mother look after her siblings after they were abandoned by their father….

    After raising her own seven children and two stepchildren, she completed her school education at nights because “I love study,” she told Adelaide’s SA-FM radio station this week. …the oldest person recorded as being awarded a Ph.D, is Edgar Dowse, who graduated from The London School of Theology at the age of 93 years and 268 days in June 2004… […]

    Great-great-granny gains MSc at 94
    Bernard Lagan in Sydney, From The Times, August 4, 2007

    “Mrs Turner began her degree studies at Adelaide University when she was 70, and at 72 won a 12-month scholarship to study at the University of California. “I entered university when I was 70 and I came top in the essay section when I did my entry exam,” she said.

    After her year in California, she returned to the Australian National University to graduate with a BA in anthropology in 1986.

    Mrs Turner, who has lived in Adelaide since 1948, was 90 when she moved to the university medical school to do her masters after gaining honours in anthropology in 2002. Her thesis was on Australian settlement before European colonisation. […]

    http://www.timesonline.co.uk/tol/news/world/article2194523.ece

  2. 2 vuee 2010 May 12 at 5:51 pm

    Nola Ochs, MA

    Nola Ochs, who held the title of world’s oldest college graduate until last year following her graduation from Fort Hays State University at the age of 95, is scheduled to receive her master’s in liberal studies with a history concentration from the Hays, Kan., school Saturday, the Kansas City (Mo.) Star reported Wednesday.

    On Saturday, with gobs of family members in the audience wearing gray T-shirts sporting her name and waving the American flags she requested, the great-grandmother of 15 will get her master’s degree. Don’t forget, she’s 98 now.
    http://www.kansascity.com/2010/05/11/1940260/98-year-old-kansan-is-getting.html


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