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Bucknellians helped Ellen Peterson Williams, center, to celebrate her 108th birthday Monday, Oct. 29.
WILLIAMSPORT, Pa. -- She's Bucknell University's oldest living alumna and on Monday, Oct. 29, Ellen Peterson Williams, Class of 1919, celebrated her 108th birthday.
Joining Williams for a celebration at her Williamsport, Pa., nursing home were Bucknell students, alumni, and staff, as well as many long-time friends.
The Bucknell contingent surprised Williams with a birthday cake and a personal invitation to the University's annual Christmas Candlelight Service at Rooke Chapel in December.
Proclamation from president
Williams also was presented with a proclamation from Bucknell President Brian C. Mitchell, verifying her as the University's oldest living alumna, and a scarf illustrated with a Bucknell campus scene.
Williams, a music major, still proudly wears the medallion she was given at her 1919 graduation.
Her advice to her undergraduate visitors, who serenaded Williams with the University's alma mater and a few choruses of "Happy Birthday," was to "stay young."
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Posted Oct. 30, 2007