In 1912, the College of Marshall (COM) became a reality and all this year we have been celebrating our Centennial Year. But did you know something else happened four years prior to the founding of COM that was pretty awesome as well?
Bonnie Kay was born.
Think of that! The airplane was only 5 years old. Oklahoma had just become a state. Teddy Roosevelt was president. The first Model T was developed and sold for $850.
She was 4 when the Titanic sank. She was 10 when World War 1 began. She was 21 when the stock market crashed.
And in 1930, she was 22 years old and was graduating from the College of Marshall.
Bonnie Kay is, and has been for a while, our oldest alumni. It is amazing to consider the things she has seen, living in a century that has seen the greatest number of advances in the history of mankind. But even better is the fact that she is in good health and she loves her alma mater! In fact, Bonnie Kay, the only living member of the class of 1930, has won the coveted Gravy Bowl on behalf of her class a couple times over the last few years!
Recently, faculty, staff, and students were given the opportunity to sign a handful of birthday cards that were presented to her by Alumni Relations Director, Paul Tapp. She was delighted to receive the cards and kind wishes from the Tiger Family!
One of the things that has made the biggest impact on me since coming to ETBU has been the idea of legacy. It is an amazing feeling knowing that once you become a student or faculty/staff member, or even a friend of the University, you join in with this amazing legacy. You become a part of the story that is ETBU. It is a good story. It is filled with the best people, like the Grammers and Hogues, like the Huffmans and Footes and Unkels, and countless others.
And people like Mrs. Bonnie Kay.
This time, our pride isn’t tied up with a fancy achievement or award, though living to 104 is a pretty big achievement! Today we are full of pride in the Legacy of COM, ETBC, and ETBU. It is a wonderful legacy filled with wonderful people and stories and experiences. And best of all, we are ALL a part of it!
Help us celebrate Bonnie Kay and her 104 years. And help us honor her by honoring her legacy and the legacy of ETBU! Isn’t it great!?!?