DENTON (UNT) -- The University of North Texas recently celebrated its 125th birthday and now one proud alumna is celebrating her 100th. Mabel Dickinson (formerly Beckett) was born on July 28th, 1916. She graduated from UNT in 1955 with a bachelor's degree in library service and in 1968 with a master's in library services.
She went on to spend nearly 40 years as a public school librarian, but still to this day she often tells stories of her time here at UNT.
"Mamma was able to get her degrees while she had us and spent most of her summers in Denton while we lived in Denver City (Texas)," said her daughter Emily Ladd. "We would go to see her on the weekends and she would tell us how much she loved the work she got to do and how much she enjoyed the people. She also would talk about how she had to write everything out for the card catalogs by hand."
Mabel received a special phone call on her birthday from members of the College of Information and its Department of Library and Information Sciences who were excited to welcome her to the century club.
"My mother often speaks fondly of her professors at UNT and of her experiences while a student there," said her son Charlie M. Beckett, Jr. "We're grateful that the university she loves is helping make the beginning of her second century of life a joyful and fulfilling experience."
Dickinson's children say she would always encourage everyone to go to college and whenever she did she would talk about UNT. She also often shared her best advice to college students, "Always go to class!"
These days she's also giving advice when it comes to living a long live. Her children say her secret is reading, being around people and keeping busy. They say it also doesn't hurt that she never smoked or drank alcohol.