Graduates in the news: Maurice Draper

Posted by mjs76 at Sep 23, 2011 06:06 PM |
Could this centenarian be our oldest graduate?
Graduates in the news: Maurice Draper

Maurice Draper with care assistants Michelle Jordan and Alison Freeman (image courtesy of the Banbury Guardian)

The Banbury Guardian reports that Mr Maurice Draper celebrated his 104th birthday a couple of weeks ago. According to the report, Mr Draper travelled to India in 1930 after graduating from Leicester University.

Leicester, Leicestershire and Rutland University College was founded in 1921, changing its name formally to University College Leicester in 1927 and eventually becoming a full university in 1957. It is quite possible that Mr Draper is the last remaining graduate from our first decade, when the college was small with just a few hundred students.

Mr Draper taught Chemistry at Banbury Grammar School for 27 years before retiring in 1967. He is well known in the town for his paintings of local views, some of which are on show in Banbury Museum. Mr Draper has two sons, four grandchildren and two great grandchildren and now lives at Lake House, an Order of St John Care Trust home in Adderbury.

The University of Leicester sends a belated happy birthday to Mr Draper who gave this advice two years ago on reaching the age of 102:

Make no sudden changes and make the most of your brain.

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