ho says learning isn't a lifelong experience? At the U. of Southwestern Louisiana, Stanley Fox Davis is still a student. And he's 100 years old.
Although Davis attended Alfred U. in New York for one year when he was young, he moved home to work on his family's farm and didn't graduate. He didn't return to a classroom until 1982 when he took a real estate course with his daughter. "I got a better grade," USL's oldest student says with a laugh.
This retired oil man is currently taking "Life Writing," a class designed for older students to write their life history. So far, Davis, who wears a tie everyday to class, has written about his first 40 years.
Classmate Woodson Hopkins (a mere youngster in his 60s) says Davis is amazing. "The first time that I met him, he told us one of his stories was about watching Jim Thorpe play football," Hopkins says. "I said to myself, My God, that was in 1912.' I marvel at where he's been and what he has done."
And this cancer survivor and world traveler has no plans to drop out or to stop living life to the fullest. "Sometimes I think I should quit, but it's very likely that I will take the [writing] course again," he says. "I'm striking to live until 2001 then I would have lived in three centuries."
By Katie Potthoff, Ohio Wesleyan U.