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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