Campus Life

Oldest Living Aggie Turns 107 Today

August 1, 2017

Ike Morris and Kathryn Greenwade
The Association of Former Students Vice President Kathryn Greenwade presents Ike Morris, the oldest living Aggie at 107, a framed copy of a page from Texas Aggie magazine that featured a photo of Morris and a young future Aggie exchanging salutes.
By Keith Randall, Texas A&M Marketing and Communications

Texas A&M University’s oldest living graduate – Tom C. “Ike” Morris —  turns 107 today and it’s an event that is giving a big Aggie thumbs-up to former students across the globe.

Morris, a native of Waxahachie, south of Dallas, graduated from Texas A&M in 1933 and was on the school’s track team, and school representatives recently presented him with a track baton during a birthday celebration in San Antonio.

He worked five different jobs while in school to help pay for expenses during the depths of the Great Depression. Morris and a friend, a fellow named Earl Rudder, often served as table waiters in the athletic dining room. Rudder would go on to become a legendary general in World War II and Texas A&M president in 1959 during which he guided the school through some of its most historic events.

After graduation, Morris entered the military and had a remarkable record himself, including serving on D-Day plus 1 on Omaha Beach and the Battle of the Bulge.

In 2015, 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 was created to honor extraordinary contributions to the country.

While at Texas A&M, Morris was on a committee to design the iconic Aggie ring, and it was he who recommended that only seniors could purchase it. The Aggie ring has a special place in Morris’ heart – so much so that he made a gift to The Association of Former Students that established the Aggie Ring Scholarship to help students purchase their prized ring.

For more about Morris, visit


Contact: Keith Randall, News & Information Services, at (979) 845-4644 or

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