Tales of the non-traditional
Man Who Quit College In 1932 Graduates At 99
An Oregon man who dropped out of college just short of graduation in 1932 has earned his degree at age 99.
Leo Plass received his associates degree a few days ago from Eastern Oregon University in La Grande. The university decided to accept his career in carpentry (which included pit stops picking tomatoes and running a gas station), instead of extra class credits.
"Never dreamed of something like this happening to me," Plass told Ktvz.com. "It's out of this world."
In 1932, Eastern Oregon University was called Eastern Oregon Normal School. Plass was studying to be a teacher there. But, just couple credits shy of graduation, Plass' bank failed and a teaching salary of $80 a month wouldn't cut it. So when a friend offered him a spot in a logging outfit at $150 a month, Plass says he couldn't pass it up.