99-Year-Old Earns Degree, After Quitting College In 1932

Jun 15, 2011

Here's today's feel-good story: Two months shy of his 100 birthday, Leo Plass of Oregon received his associates degree from Eastern Oregon University in La Grande. Plass had dropped out of college in 1932.

The AP reports:

Plass says he was less than one semester away from graduating from what was then called Eastern Oregon Normal School and starting a career as a teacher.

But Plass says it was the Depression, and a teaching salary of $80 a month wouldn't cut it. So when a friend offered him a spot in a logging outfit at $150 a month, Plass says he couldn't pass it up.

Central Oregon's KTVZ reports that Plass had a life good enough to help him reach 99 years of life. He never expected it to get better, the local station reports, "but then he put on his cap and gown."

"Never dreamed of something like this happening to me," Plass told KTVZ. "It's out of this world."

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