ninety-year-old laura thresher johnston will again make the record books when she accepts a master's degree in history next weekend from sam houston state university. as the oldest student in her class, she'll also become one of the oldest alumni of the 126-year-old school. just a few years ago, she was the university's oldest undergraduate when she received a degree in spanish at 85.
she takes her achievements in stride.
"it's an accomplishment that more and more people should take advantage of," she said. "when i first came here, there was hardly anybody in their mid-30s, 40s, 50s. now you see them all over the campus."
even after a quarter century in texas, johnston's voice identifies her boston background. the 1933 high school graduate grew up in massachusetts, and worked as a nurse in boston and salem. she raised three daughters with her husband of 25 years, and later moved to florida, where she worked as a waitress in the miami area.
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