Date: February 18, 2005
CONTACT: Sally Logue Post,

LUBBOCK – The last surviving member of Texas Tech University’s first graduating class celebrates her 100th birthday Sunday. Altha Bill Hickerson was one of 13 members of the 1927 graduating class of the then Texas Technological College.

A reception honoring Hickerson’s birthday is set from 3-6 p.m. Saturday (Feb. 19) just outside College Station. Bob Hickerson, dean of Texas Tech University’s campus in Junction and no relation to Ms. Hickerson, will present her with roses and a framed certificate commemorating her life.

“The entire Texas Tech family wishes Ms. Hickerson a most happy birthday. Her long life is an amazing achievement and she embodies much of the history of our founding and our success at educating students from 1927 until today,” said Texas Tech President Jon Whitmore.

Altha Bill Poage was born Feb. 20, 1905, in Mertzon, TX, and married Richard B. Hickerson in 1930. He died in 1983. The couple moved to College Station in 1936 where she lived in the same house for 67 years. Ms. Hickerson taught elementary school in Bryan for 18 years.

An avid Texas A&M fan, Ms. Hickerson also enjoys rooting for the Texas Tech Red Raiders. She took up golf in her 60s and became an avid golfer, winning several age-group events at the Briarcrest Country Club in Bryan. Her other passions include needlepoint, sewing, bridge and growing roses and vegetables.


CONTACT:Sally Logue Post, Texas Tech University Director of Communications and Broadcast Media, at (806) 742-2136 or mobile (806) 773-3907.