Someday, I’d like to be a 100-year-old Northwestern alum

From the class notes in the latest issue of the NU alumni magazine:

Water H. Sobel (McC34) of Wilmette, Ill., celebrated his 100th birthday with family and friends on July 27. He survived a kamikaze attack aboard the USS New Mexico during World War II. A former architect who lives in a Frank Lloyd Wright home, Sobel designed synagogues and other landmarks on the North Shore. He closed his downtown office in 2003. Sobel and his wife, Betty, raised five children in Wilmette. She died in 1997.

And then:

Helen Froelich Holt (WCAS34, G38) of Boca Raton, Fla., celebrated her 100th birthday in August. She was West Virginia’s first female secretary of state, serving from 1957 to 1959. In May 2013 West Virginia University awarded her an honorary doctorate. Holt graduated from Northwestern with a degree in zoology and started her career as a teacher. When her husband, Rush Holt Sr., a member of the West Virginia House of Delegates, died in 1955, she filled his empty seat, serving from 1955 to 1957. In 1960 President Dwight D. Eisenhower appointed Holt to spearhead the Federal Housing Administration mortgage insurance program. She was reappointed by six presidents and retired in 1983. Her son, Rush Holt Jr., has served in Congress since 1998.

On the same page are a pair of 98-year-old men, friends since Evanston.


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