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    Meet Yukonwreck!

    Oldest Alumnus
    Even with hearing loss and with poor eyesight, at age 100 Dan Scharff is “pretty sharp”
    Anything that concerns Georgia Tech concerns me, says Daniel L. Scharff of New Orleans—who at 100 years of age has been interested in Georgia Tech’s affairs longer than any other living alumnus.
    Scharff, CE ’19, was born March 29, 1898, in Natchez, Miss. Although he is now hard of hearing and and has poor eyesight, until two years ago he continued to manage his affairs: writing out checks, paying the bills and balancing the books.

    He finally abandoned his bookkeeping duties at age 98, but it’s still his favorite hobby, said Phyllis Stern, his only daughter. “He’s pretty sharp.”

    Stern said her father is a loyal Yellow Jacket fan. And he fondly recalls his student days at Tech.

    “I have always been grateful for the encouragement that I received on the part of the faculty—and for the entire atmosphere that prevailed at Tech,” Scharff said.

    “I wasn’t from the state of Georgia, but I was accepted as if I was. I found out that Georgia Tech accepted all of its students on an equal basis, and gave each the same opportunity to excel—and the incentive to do so. Each student was encouraged to develop his own personality and his own aims and aspirations, according to the energy he saw fit to apply.”

    Scharff entered Tech in 1915, two years before America entered World War I, and graduated in 1919, after the armistice ended the war.

    He worked as an engineer in both North and South Carolina, and then Richmond, Va., where he met his wife, before moving to New Orleans as a city engineer.

    Scharff was hired as New Orleans began a major downtown renovation project. “They were going to re-pave Canal Street, our main downtown street,” Stern said. “They took out the old gas light standards and put in electric lights. And they took out the old wooden water pipes and put in new clay pipes all the way down the street. They put down wide terrazzo sidewalks. And from that time up until the World’s Fair here in 1984, they were just perfect. But in 1984, they took up the terrazzo sidewalks and put down flagstone.”

    Scharff was assistant city engineer when he decided to join Scharff and Jones, a family municipal bonds business, as accountant. “He went to night school at Tulane and learned accounting,” Stern said. “He was the head of the accounting department until they sold the business.”

    Scharff has lived in the same house on Broadway Street for the past 62 years. Although he has been on his own since his wife died in 1975, he now receives around-the-clock help.

    When Hurricane Georges threatened to flood New Orleans in October, Scharff joined his daughter and grandson, Mike Stern, and other family members who sought refuge in Monroe, La. He has two grandchildren and two great-grandchildren.

    “My dad had not been on a trip like that in 15 years,” Stern said. “He had a ball!”

    Scharff doesn’t pass out advice about how to achieve longevity, but he does emphasize one lesson he learned as a student.

    “Tech encouraged each of us to be ourselves,” Scharff said. “I have found that attitude most helpful. Be yourself!” GT


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    Good Job Uke ! good news on a slow day !

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    How old is this article, where is he now? (text says "born in 1898")
    In the past GT football has often been JUST GOOD ENOUGH TO BREAK YOUR HEART!

    I believe we are on the way to getting where we all want to be - Win Championships, and be more competitive with UGa and Bowl Games.

    QB's looking up, WR's coming along(?), Welcome CTR, CMP and new AD, We have some good recruiters with a good class coming, Stamps back to ST's, all 3 phases should be better this year than last. We have team speed to match anyone we play.

    What's not to like?

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    Quote Originally Posted by PatrickinGa View Post
    How old is this article, where is he now? (text says "born in 1898")
    I think the man passed away at the age of 100 in 1998, so I think that's when it was printed in Tech Topics. He was a freshman in 1915 about the time Asa Barber started at the Tech post office!

    What I liked about this was that it paints the picture that so many other alums do---that from the very start, students at Tech saw the institute as something special in their lives.
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