By Gwen Sisson
In December, Louisville resident Malvina McCool Moore celebrated her 102nd birthday, and now has a very special distinction from one of her favorite places in Mississippi.
At 102, Moore claims the distinction of being the University of Mississippi’s oldest known living graduate, according to the University of Mississippi Alumni Association.
Moore was recently featured in the University of Mississippi alumni magazine, Alumni Review, sharing her love for the college and some of her favorite memories from that time in her life.
Susan Clark, Moore’s daughter, said Moore’s connection with The University of Mississippi goes much further than most realize. She said Moore’s father and brother also graduated from Ole Miss.
“It was such a special time in her life that is filled with very fond memories,” Clark said. “She has a long history with Ole Miss and it is neat that she has been able to be recognized in this way.”
Moore said in the Alumni Review article: “I can’t think of a day I wasn’t glad to be there,” she says, adding that she and some of her friends loved Ole Miss so much they cried when they received their degrees. “We wanted to give them back so we could stay.”
Moore was a 1933 graduate of the University of Mississippi. During her experience at The University of Mississippi, she served on the staff of The Daily Mississippian, The Ole Miss annual, on the Pan-Hellenic Council and as secretary of the Latin and International Relations clubs.
She was a member of Delta Delta Delta Sorority, played in the Jazz Band and was recognized in Who’s Who as Most Popular Girl in at least two of her three years on campus. She was also crowned as a beauty in the 1933 Miss University pageant.
According to the Alumni Review article, “From humorous stories about roommates or classmates or even about William Faulkner, Moore is a rare link to Ole Miss history, and her true colors of red and blue are as bright as ever.”