Oldest college graduate to become oral history source

You’re never too old to learn. 95-year old Nola Ochs will graduate from college next month. Her history prof wants to interview for oral history after she graduates. She’s provided a personal perspective to events in his history classes.

Todd Leahy, history department chairman, wondered at first if Ochs could keep up with the other students. After her second week, all doubts were gone, as he discovered she could provide tidbits of history.

Leahy, who had Ochs in four classes, wants to record oral histories with her after she graduates.

“I can tell them about it, but to have Nola in class adds a dynamic that can’t be topped,” Leahy said. “It’s a firsthand perspective you seldom get.”

For instance, Ochs offered recollections of the 1930s Midwest dust bowl, when skies were so dark that lamps were lit during the day and wet sheets were placed over windows to keep out dust that sounded like pelting sleet hitting the house.

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Posted by Susan A. Kitchens on April 28, 2007 in • HistoryPersonal History
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