90 Year-Old-Fl Woman Earns GED and Man, 67, to Graduate From Police Acadamy

  1. http://apnews1.iwon.com/article/20040521/d82n42p01.html90-year-old florida woman earns ged[font=verdana,sans-serif][font=verdana,sans-serif]email this storymay 21, 1:50 pm (et)





    west palm beach, fla. (ap) - a 90-year-old woman who started her education in a one-room schoolhouse at a time when computers and overhead projectors didn't exist will receive her diploma next week.

    uceba babson was born in boynton beach in 1913, before world war i had occurred, charles lindbergh had flown across the atlantic ocean, and women had received the right to vote.

    she left school when she was in the 11th grade to marry a young farmer she met at pahokee baptist church. she raised eight children, a family that expanded to include 81 grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

    professionally, she worked a bookkeeper, became president of the local chapter of the business and professional women's club, and later earned a real estate license.

    but she was bothered by her lack of a high school degree, and when a family member gave her a book about a man who started school in his 90s, she decided to follow his lead.

    "i thought, 'if he can do it, why can't i?'" babson said. "i don't think people give the elderly enough credit for the knowledge that they have."

    for the past three years, she got up early to put hot-water bottles on her arthritic knees, and drove from her singer island condominium to the adult education center in west palm beach, where she studied five subjects until noon. in three years, she never missed a day.

    "the young students were awed by her," said teacher dianne dioguardi. "she was always telling them there was so much to learn."

    on tuesday, babson will walk across a stage in cap and gown to receive her ged. "it's keeping a promise that i made to myself 73 years ago," she said.

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    omaha, neb. (ap) - a 67-year-old university of nebraska at omaha professor is slated to graduate tuesday from the pat thomas law enforcement academy in tallahassee, fla.

    uno psychology professor robert woody will be the oldest person on record to graduate at the law enforcement school's police academy.

    woody said sept. 11 inspired him to go through police training and his interest in law enforcement grew as he saw crime and terror becoming more influential in american life.

    woody said his age was never an issue with his fellow cadets.

    "from day one, every recruit treated me like an accepted peer," woody said.

    he was even elected president of his recruit class.

    woody said he has no plans to start a new career in law enforcement, but that he will start focussing on law enforcement issues when he returns to the classroom. "i'm especially concerned about bullying and violence in the school and crime at colleges and universities," woody said.



    i, personally, think this is fabulous!
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  3. by   angel337
    great article. that is truly a blessing and it reminds us that we can do all things if we just believe in ourselves.
  4. by   leslie :-D
    awesome articles kim. is the woman going on to college now????
  5. by   SmilingBluEyes
    I had several 60-something folks in my pre-nursing classes, just there to "improve" themselves, socialize a bit, and learn. These people had my utmost admiration and were a hoot! I bet they stay mentally and physically active well into their 80, or 90s and beyond. My hat is off to all seniors who do things like this. They rock!
  6. by   Energizer Bunny
    Leslie..I think it would be great if she did go on to college! I love the oldies but goodies in my classes...they are the best (and nicest) students.
  7. by   leslie :-D
    Quote from CNM2B
    Leslie..I think it would be great if she did go on to college! I love the oldies but goodies in my classes...they are the best (and nicest) students.
    i have always honored our elderly since i was around 6 yo..but wouldn't it be awesome for her to graduate with a bachelor's at the age of 94!!! and the college should pay. i love stories like these.
  8. by   Energizer Bunny
    me too...a nice happy story to talk about for once!
  9. by   SharonH, RN
    Quote from CNM2B
    Woody said he has no plans to start a new career in law enforcement, but that he will start focussing on law enforcement issues when he returns to the classroom. ''I'm especially concerned about bullying and violence in the school and crime at colleges and universities," Woody said.



    I, personally, think this is fabulous!

    Thank God, this is sorely needed current school administrators and educators do not get it nor are they equipped with how to handle this growing issue.
    Last edit by SharonMH31 on May 23, '04
  10. by   Mkue
    Amazing story, very inspiring

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