Retired 100-year-old Teacher Gets Degree A Day Before She Died

Harriet Richardson Ames got her diploma at her bedside in Concord on Friday. She died the next day.

Her daughter says getting the degree was the last item on her mother's "bucket list" of things to do before she died.

Ames graduated from the Keene Normal School in 1931 with a two-year teaching certificate. She took various college courses and retired in 1971.

When she took part in a film about the 100th anniversary of what is now Keene State College, she mentioned her wish for her degree. School officials combed their records and found she had met all the requirements.


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  • by Cactus Location: Strabane on Jan 27, 2010 at 02:35 PM
    God bless you Harriet. Can any of you imagine the technical advances this woman saw in her life time, the Wright Brothers flight 7 years be for her birth, a man on the moon, jet aircraft, and our government gone to pot (I bet she never counted on that).
  • by Robert Humberstone, Sr. Location: NC on Jan 27, 2010 at 01:37 PM
    100 years ago was about when the last truly trustworthy women were born. Good for her. It is also nice to see someone graduate college without the need of Adderal, binge drinking, STD's, liberalism and text messaging for a change.
  • by Anonymous on Jan 27, 2010 at 10:58 AM
    Awww what a nice story! It is so good to hear about something nice, instead of such garbage. May she rest in peace!
  • by MaryAnn Location: Washington NC on Jan 27, 2010 at 07:09 AM
    Bless her heart! May she rest in peace. Such a nice story.
  • by debra Location: kinston on Jan 27, 2010 at 05:31 AM
    Awww...bless her heart. This is very inspiring. May she rest in peace now, her work here on earth is done.
  • by Anonymous on Jan 27, 2010 at 03:19 AM
    That is awesome!!!! God Bless her.
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