Oldest living Texas A&M University graduate turns 107

Posted at 10:12 AM, Aug 01, 2017
and last updated 2017-08-02 19:08:19-04

Texas A&M University's oldest living graduate, Tom C. "Ike" Morris turns 107 today.

Morris, a native of Waxahachie, south of Dallas, graduated in 1933. He was on the school's track team and a committee to design the iconic Aggie ring. It was he who suggested that only seniors could purchase the ring.

During his time in school, he worked five different jobs to pay for expenses during the middle of the Great Depression. Serving as a table waiter in the athletic dining room was just one of the tasks that kept him busy. 

After graduation, Morris entered the military and served on D-Day plus 1 on the Omaha Beach and the Battle of the Bulge.

Earlier this year, Morris was presented the French Legion of Honor for his service in World War II as a member of the 2nd Infantry Division. The Legion of Honor is France's highest distinction and it was created to honor extraordinary contributions to the country. 

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