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The Oldest Living Aggies

Scot Walker '90 August 9, 2019 11:21 AM updated: October 21, 2019 9:10 AM

At 109, Col. Tom C. "Ike" Morris is the oldest living Aggie.
At 109, Col. Tom C. "Ike" Morris is the oldest living Aggie.

Update: Ike Morris passed away peacefully at his home in San Antonio on Oct. 20, 2019. Read more.  For an updated version of this post about the oldest known Aggies, please visit


Col. Tom C. "Ike" Morris '33 of San Antonio, the oldest living Aggie known to The Association of Former Students, just turned 109 years old. We received hundreds of birthday cards for him from his fellow Aggies—and we also received some inquiries about the other oldest former students.

Read more about Ike Morris '33, the oldest Texas Aggie, at

The oldest known Aggie after Col. Morris is Col. Lee E. James '36 of Mesquite, who turned 105 in January 2019. He received a bachelor's in agriculture and a master's in biology from A&M, where he was also a Ross Volunteer.

Col. George Baram '37 of California turned 105 in May 2019. He was a cadet at A&M and received a bachelor's degree in petroleum engineering.

William D. McMahon '40 of Longview, Texas, will celebrate his 103rd birthday in September 2019. Like Col. Baram, he was in the Corps and received a bachelor's in petroleum engineering.

The oldest living female former student we know of is Marietta Gaffney Die '68 of Cedar Park, Texas, who will turn 102 in November 2019. She received a master's degree in education from A&M and has an Aggie legacy stretching through her children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren. We did a story in January of 2018 when, at the age of 100, she received her first Aggie Ring. You can read it here.

Some records in The Association's database do not include birthdates. If you have information about other former students who may be among the oldest living Aggies, please email The Association at

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