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The Oldest Living Aggies

Scot Walker '90 October 21, 2019 8:49 AM updated: November 16, 2019 12:51 PM

The oldest known living Aggie is Col. Lee E. James '36 of Mesquite, who turned 105 in January 2019. 

James 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, celebrated 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 AggieNetwork@AggieNetwork.com

The oldest Aggie ever to have lived, as far as can be determined by Association records, was Col. Tom C. "Ike" Morris '33 of San Antonio. He passed away on Oct. 20, 2019, at the age of 109 years. Read more about Col. Morris at tx.ag/IkeMorris33.

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